The government is set to announce today major changes to the current UK travel rules.
Reports have suggested that the green and the orange list of low risk countries to fly to will be merged.
In addition, the number of countries on the red list of countries prohibited from access is expected to be reduced.
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Transport secretary Grant Schapps will announce the changes at some point this afternoon.
The exact time that this announcement will take place has still not been officially released by government officials.
Earlier today, Data expert Tim White told Sky News that up to 12 countries could lose their red designation.
This could be Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.
The rules for redlisted travel – spending 11 nights in a quarantine hotel at a cost of Â£ 2,285 for solo travelers – should remain the same.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport said: “Our top priority is to protect public health – decisions about our traffic light system are regularly reviewed and are informed by the latest risk assessment from the Joint Center for Biosafety and Health. broader public health factors. ”
The expected changes will be a big boost for players in the airline industry.
Talk to ArgusAJ Bell financial analyst Danni Hewson said: âThe traffic light system in the UK has been the subject of much criticism from industry bosses and consumers alike, it is so no wonder speculations that it is about to be discontinued have stunned investors.
“The October semester is the next big opportunity for the travel industry and any changes that can make travel less destabilizing and testing less expensive will pay dividends.”