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England relaxes Covid travel restrictions

We have lift-off: Covid-19 restrictions for travellers to the UK are being eased (File photograph).

England is to ease travel restrictions for arrivals from Covid-19 low-risk countries, including Bermuda, next month.

Anyone flying to England from destinations designated as low-risk from October 4 will not have to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test – as long as they have been vaccinated.

Quarantine restrictions will also be lifted and England will scrap its “traffic light” system, ending the use of “green” and “amber“ country lists, although the ”red“ list will continue.

Travellers will still need a test after landing, but from the end of October a cheap lateral flow test will be enough, rather than the more sensitive - but slower and expensive - PCR test.

Unvaccinated travellers will still have to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking coronavirus tests before and after their trips.

England earlier gauged the risk of countries on a red, amber or green “traffic light” system.

Travellers from “red” countries are barred from entry unless they have right of residence in the UK.

Until October 4, travellers flying in from “green” destinations can enter as long as they follow safety rules.

Bermuda is classed as “green’” but on a watch list and “at risk of moving from green to amber”.

There will be eight countries removed from the UK’s red list on Wednesday - Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya.

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Published September 20, 2021 at 4:03 pm (Updated September 20, 2021 at 4:03 pm)

England relaxes Covid travel restrictions

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