The government of the United Kingdom has updated travel rules in the wake of receding coronavirus.
The updated rules have been posted by the UK’s Department for Transport and the Department of Health and Social Care.
The international travel rules for England will also change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries.
There will also be further simplified travel measures in place for arrivals from the rest of the world.
Although, the rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.
Basically, if you arrive in England before October 4, you must follow the current rules.
You will need to book and take any COVID-19 tests and follow the quarantine rules in place at the time you arrive in England.
Red, orange, amber lists of UK travel
Starting October 4, you will qualify as fully vaccinated if you are vaccinated either:
-under an approved vaccination programme in the UK, Europe, USA or UK vaccine programme overseas.
-with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
-Formulations of the 4 listed vaccines, AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines.
Currently, the UK has a system that categorises countries in the red, amber and green lists. India features in the amber list.
Moreover, the UK government further clarified that it still has issues regarding vaccination certification. Moreover, the delta variant now accounts for 90 per cent of the sequences submitted to GISAID with a sample collection, said WHO.