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Could The Travel Traffic Light System Be Scrapped?

The traffic light system could be ditched next month in favour of rules based on the Covid-19 vaccination status of travellers in a bid to simplify holidays.

A new system based on the vaccination status of travellers rather than the Covid rating of the country they are visiting is under consideration.

The move will likely see the creation of a two-tiered system, with the amber and green lists merged to create a single category, and red to remain in place with travellers still required to quarantine in hotels on returning from high-risk destinations.

It will mean that for fully vaccinated travellers, visiting amber or green countries will be the same, requiring only pre-departure tests and a PCR test within two days of returning to the UK.

Double-jabbed holidaymakers can already travel to amber countries without having to quarantine on their return after the government dropped the requirement to self-isolate.

The proposed system is only likely to have an impact on those who are not vaccinated.

The rethink of the traffic light system has been triggered by a pledge by ministers to review it by 1st October.

It also coincides with the completion of the vaccination rollout, with all adults aged 18 and over offered both their jabs by the end of September.

A simplification to create a leaner high-risk and low-risk classification for countries would bring the UK more in line with other nations, and focus travel on the vaccination status of the holidaymaker.

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