Heathrow Airport has welcomed the UK government’s decision to ease travel restrictions imposed on several countries that have been removed from the red list.
According to a press release from Heathrow Airport yesterday, October 11, the company applauds the decision to ease testing requirements because international travel will now be cheaper, simpler and less stressful for passengers, TheSchengen.com reports.
Additionally, the same highly values the removal of PCR testing requirements for vaccinated travelers and the opening of the US border where travelers can now confidently book their holidays for half-term and year-end.
We should aim for 2019 to be the peak year for fossil fuel use in global aviation. Heathrow chief executive John Holland Kaye said the UK government could show real leadership in decarbonizing aviation at COP26, which will safeguard the benefits of aviation for future generations.
Given the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the UK’s air travel sector, Heathrow Airport revealed that the number of passengers who used their services during September 2021 remained 40 per cent lower than the numbers recorded during the pre-pandemic period. In contrast, the EU’s opponents saw a more notable rebound during the summer as most member states kept less stringent rules.
However, after the UK carried out a travel update, booking prices are expected to rise again. The UK authorities have announced that since yesterday, October 11, 47 countries will no longer be part of the red list, making it easier for more people to travel abroad.
In line with the new rules, travelers returning to the UK from one of the countries removed from the red list will not have to follow self-isolation rules. However, travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still be required to take a COVID-19 test for one day after arriving from a country removed from the red list.
On the other hand, non-vaccinated travelers returning from a non-red destination must take a pre-departure test and two more tests on the second and eighth day and complete the ten-day quarantine period.
With other countries removed, the red list now includes only seven destinations, namely Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Apart from the above changes, since October 11, eligible travelers who have been vaccinated in more than 37 new territories, including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will be treated like full vaccinations provided UK residents have not visited A Red List country for the past 10 days.
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