UK to phase out PCR tests, 8 countries including Sri Lanka out of red lists

The transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced a raft of changes to the UK’s current international travel rules to make it easier for UK travellers.

In a series of tweets, Shapps announced that people who are double-vaccinated will no longer have to carry out pre-departure Covid tests before returning to England from non-red list countries. PCR tests for travel will be phased out by the end of October, which will allow travellers to replace the second day test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

Shapps also confirmed that the government is opting for a “simplified” system for international travel. Instead of the current traffic light system, from 4 October, there will be one red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world.

Eight countries will be removed from the United Kingdom’s red list on September 22 (Wednesday), the country’s Secretary of State for Transport Rt Hon Grant Shapps said Friday.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, Kenya, Turkey, Egypt, and the Maldives are among the eight countries that are set to be removed from England’s red list, according to the British official.

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