From 4 October there will no longer be the obligation to have a negative anti-Covid test on departure for all those who arrive or return to England with the proven certification of a double vaccination from the territories that – like Italy – were included in the so-called amber (or orange) list of intermediate alert. List that will be scrapped from next month. It also widens to travel from abroad the sequence of easing of restrictions in the United Kingdom: a country that has exceeded 80% of the entire population over 16 and where infections fueled by Delta variant, despite having returned to sail at the rate of about 30,000 a day on over a million swabs performed, for now they remain at levels of impact on hospitalizations (and especially on deaths) that are much lower than in the pre-vaccine infectious waves.
The decision was adopted by the premier’s government Boris Johnson – which from 19 July had already revoked most of the internal precautions on the pandemic front, including the obligation to wear the mask everywhere – in the first meeting of the renewed team after the maxi reshuffle of recent days. And it was illustrated in the evening by the Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, who explained how the need remains in force for travelers also vaccinated to book a single test to be done two days after arrival on the island: a test that, however, from about mid-October, it must no longer be of the Pcr type, but Ltf, that is to say a lateral flow: a much less expensive quick test.
Shapps has also formalized a further relaxation of the traffic light system set up in the Kingdom to regulate travel in times of coronavirus, according to what has been urged for some time by the tourism industry and by air carriers in the first place; 8 of the 62 nations (Asian, African and Latin American) that were part of it so far: Turkey, Pakistan, Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.
The changes introduced essentially cancel the traffic light system established in recent months to regulate travel in times of pandemic, dividing the different countries into only two categories: red list or go-ahead for travel. They are “proportional changes” to reality e “They reflect the new landscape” of countries with the highest vaccination ratesJohnson’s minister said in response to critical voices that fear a weakening of control filters capable of tracing the entry into the Kingdom of potential variants. Route corrections – he added – that make the legislation “simpler and more transparent for many, lower costs for travelers and aim to give a boost to the tourism industry”: more than ever necessary after a year and a half of ordeal .
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