The UK government has simplified its traffic light system, and changed rules around testing from October. 

The amber list will be scrapped and replaced by a two-tier system from October 4 with a single-red list and a "Rest of the World" (ROW) list.

Double jabbed individuals from the ROW list will not need a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK, Grant Shapps the transport secretary has announced. 

Shapps said: "Now we’ve got so many people vaccinated, perhaps nine out of 10 adults, it does give us some additional freedoms. 

"And one of those is that we can drop the pre-departure tests. 

"Another is that we can drop the expensive PCR tests on day two when people get back from abroad."

At the moment new fully vaccinated arrivals will still need a PCR test two days after entering the UK, however this will be replaced by a lateral flow test in October. 

Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives along with five other countries will be coming off the red-list from 4pm September 22nd.

Those returning from a red list country will have to quarantine at a hotel for 11 nights, at an individual cost of £2,285. 

The full list is:

  • Turkey
  • Pakistan
  • The Maldives
  • Egypt
  • Sri Lanka
  • Oman
  • Bangladesh
  • Kenya

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