After so much bad news, is finally welcome news from the Foreign Office. The Travel ‘Red List’ has been reduced to 7 counties after lifting of advice for a further 51 countries. But, where will you now be able to holiday? You will be surprised to know that the main areas of concern are in quite a localised region…meaning that global travel can soon resume more fully.
So, where about are the coutries that remain on the ‘Red List’? If you are travelling to Central and South America, the news is not so good. There is the region of concern..the countries that will remain on the red list. However, if you are intending to travel to Jamaica, Argentina, the Bahamas, Chile, Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, the Seychelles, South Africa and Thailand, the latest news will be very welcome.
It was not just the red list that has been shortened. The ‘Amber’ list will also be lifted from nations such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Côte d’Ivoire, and Martinique.
Highlighting ‘Personal Responsibility’.
The announcement which will come into effect from Monday means that as well as the the amber list counties, countries on the Red List, including Cuba and Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, and the the Philippines will have the Foreign Office’s guidance removed.
Therefore, beginning Monday, travel to ‘red list’ countries will not only become possible, but, in addition, you will now be able to purchase travel insurance, a luxury that has recently been removed from coverage in your policy.
Why is that so? previously the Red List had caused insurance providers to exclude many countries from cover, a reason that now no longer exists.
According to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, the decision has been confirmed, and yet it highlights a shift of the burden onto the traveller themselves. This was confirmed when the secretary urged travellers to:
‘exercise personal responsibility’…These updates make travel abroad easier – boosting trade, tourism and reuniting friends and families…I am delighted that the safe reopening of travel allows people to exercise personal responsibility and visit more destinations across the globe.’
Because those countries that are on the Red List are still there, restrictions will apply. For instance, upon return from a red list country, a traveller will have to stay at a government mandated hotel to quarantine… at a cost of £2,285 for 11 nights. These figures are for Sole travellers.
- the Dominican Republic,
- Peru and
As indicated in Metro, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented on the prior announcement that full vaccinated arrivals would only require a lateral flow test, instead of PCR testing. The prior announcement said that this new policy would begin by the end of October. The secretary confirmed this when he said:
Yes, that’s right, October 22. That’s the goal and, as I say, the testing companies are gearing up to do that…I’ve spoken to the airports including Heathrow and they even have tests available as you walk through the airport, so you could be done and dusted before you even get home with these things, which will be a massive improvement to having to send off PCR tests to labs and waiting for the results and all the costs involved.’
The aviation industry, which has suffered so much during lockdown, are reporting clear signs that the latest announcements are having a positive effect. For instance, BA(British Airways), in speaking about this, indicated that there had been 5 times more holiday searches on it’s site, than at the same time just 24 hours prior, when the announcement had not yet been made!
Which locations have benefitted? 3 of the top performers have been Cancun, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Summing It Up
Slowly but surely, small steps are being taken to resume pre Covid normality. This announcement takes that journey one step further. Who will benefit from this?
It would be easy to assume that this will benefit the overseas destinations that UK visitors will head to. And, there is some truth in that. However, think too of local travel agents, clothing stores and manufacturers, and even taxis and transport companies. All are likely to experience a ‘trickle down’ positive effect from this announcement.