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Malawi among countries removed from the UK’s Covid-19 red list, Effective October 11.

If you are fully vaccinated in Malawi you are now ok to enter the United Kingdom (UK) without the hassle Ghanaians have gotten used to under Covid-19.

It means Malawians traveling to the UK will no longer have to do day 8 test or be quarantined for 10 days.

This follows the removal of 47 countries and territories from the Red List of the UK. The number of countries on the UK Covid travel red list has been cut from 54 to seven, the UK government has said.

From Monday, October 11, 2021, the red list in the UK will reduce to seven countries and proof of vaccination will be recognized from 37 new countries and territories including Ghana.

A travel update issued by the UK’s Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care on Thursday, October 7, 2021, said the UK will be cutting 47 destinations from its red list – including South Africa, with just seven countries and territories remaining on the Warning sign – all others will be included in the “rest of world” category.

South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico come off the red list, which requires travelers to quarantine in an approved hotel at their cost for 10 full days.

The UK’s Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said the changes begin on Monday and “mark the next step” in opening travel.

This latest move will be seen as a boost to the airline industry and families separated during the pandemic.

Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic remain on the red list.

“I’m also making changes so travelers visiting England have fewer entry requirements, by recognizing those with fully-vax status from 37 new countries and territories including India, Turkey, and Ghana, treating them the same as the UK fully vax passengers,” the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps stated.
The measures announced Thursday mark the next step as the United Kingdom continues to open up travel and provide stability for passengers and industry while remaining on track to keep travel open for good.

The removal of the 47 countries and territories from the UK’s red list, will make it easier for more people to travel abroad to a larger number of countries and territories. Passengers returning to England from these destinations will no longer be required to enter hotel quarantine.

The continued progress on vaccination both at home and around the world means the government can confidently reduce the size of the red list to focus on countries that pose the highest risk, informed by UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) assessment.

The update said eligible fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under 18s returning from countries and territories, not on the red list, can do so with just a day 2 test.

Other passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorized vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test, and complete 10 days self-isolation (with the option of Test to Release on day 5).

Also announced today, from 4 am Monday 11 October, eligible travelers vaccinated in over 37 new countries and territories including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents, so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England.

Countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Passengers who are not eligible travelers with an authorized vaccine arriving from the rest of world destinations must still take a pre-departure test, a day 2 and day 8 test, and complete 10 days self-isolation (with the option of Test to Release on day 5).

The latest travel update builds on the announcement from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office earlier this week that it has lifted advice against all but essential travel for over 30 countries and territories. More advisories will be removed as countries and territories come off the red list, making it easier for people to be covered by insurance when traveling to a wider list of destinations.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “With half-term and winter sun around the corner, we’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite, by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe.

Restoring people’s confidence in travel is key to rebuilding our economy and leveling up this country. With fewer restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely forward together along our pathway to recovery.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our robust border measures have helped protect the phenomenal progress of our vaccination program, and it is because of this success both here and around the world that we can safely open up travel further and we can visit friends and family abroad.

We’re now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travelers from non-red list countries to use lateral flow tests on day 2 of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use.”

The change to restrictions builds on the recent simplification of international travel rules, including the removal of pre-departure testing for eligible fully vaccinated travelers implemented earlier this week. Government scientists will continue to engage with countries still on the red list and keep the evidence on variants of concern, especially Lambda and Mu, under close review in order to ensure the UK’s approach remains proportionate. The government will continue to maintain surveillance at the border through testing and genomic sequencing so that we can respond rapidly if risks from any country increase.

From late October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers including those under 18s returning from the rest of the world country will have the option to replace their day 2 test with a cheaper lateral flow test, followed by a free PCR test if positive, reducing the cost of tests on arrival into England. The government can also confirm passengers taking postal tests will be able to send a picture of their lateral flow test as a minimum requirement to verify the test result, with the ambition remaining to have this in place for people returning from half-term breaks by the end of the month.

The data for all countries and territories will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country’s epidemiological picture changes.

In full: 47 places removed from the red list

The following destinations will be removed from the red list from 04:00 BST on Monday:

Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Cuba. Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Paraguay, Philippines, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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