Anyone who has been wanting to go abroad will have been keeping a close eye on the red list throughout the pandemic.
Generally reviewed every three weeks, the red list has constantly changed throughout – and it’s made it tough for travellers to plan ahead.
There are currently no countries that fall into this category at the moment, but that could of course change soon.
It’s important that anyone looking to travel in the near future keeps an eye on the latest rules and regulations so they’re not caught out.
The rapid spread of Omicron across the UK has complicated things further, coupled with record-breaking positive tests.
As mentioned, the red list has typically been reviewed every three weeks, although the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, broke this when he announced on December 14 that 11 nations were to be removed from it.
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The next review is due around January 5, with Mr Shapps often tweeting the changes before they come into effect.
Despite there being no countries currently on the red list, there are a number of strict testing rules to obey.
Regardless of vaccination status, you must take a Covid-19 test in the two days before you travel to England, and book and pay for a PCR test that’s to be taken after you arrive in England.
You’ll also need to complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
For vaccinated travellers, they’ll need to quarantine in their home or the place they’re staying while they await their test result.
Meanwhile, unvaccinated travellers arriving from any destination not on a red list country will still need to self-isolate at home or another declared location for 10 days. They’ll need to take a day two and day eight PCR test and, in England, there’s the option of Test to Release on day five.
But what could change on January 5?
Well, it’s expected that not a lot will actually change, The Times reports.
The testing and isolation rules aren’t likely to be relaxed until at least the end of January, given the high infection rates we’re seeing at the moment.
Omicron is an issue that many other European countries are currently grappling with, so it might be the case that the UK Government doesn’t see a need to add any to the red list.
However, Austria and the Netherlands have already had lockdowns and Germany and France have tightened their borders, so the situation could quickly change.
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