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The red list could be scrapped as soon as this week after reports that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has convinced colleagues to ease restrictions on travellers. 

The move is expected to be approved as early as this week and that hotel quarantine could be replaced with testing for the fully vaccinated travellers, according to the Mail on Sunday. It’s so far unclear whether restrictions would remain for the unvaccinated. 

The news follows signals from the Government that red list rules would be reconsidered due to the widespread transmission of the omicron variant in the UK. 

In the Commons last week, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that, as omicron became the dominant Covid variant, there would be “less need to have any kind of travel restrictions at all.”

Meanwhile, during a press conference, when asked whether travellers could instead isolate at home for the required 10 days if fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We will be looking at the red list and the way to do it.”

Eleven countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Namibia have been added to the previously empty hotel quarantine list, with stays costing £2,285 per person. 

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