Brits have been urged to book holidays with the announcement of an end to costly PCR tests to be done “in the next few days”.
Grant Shapps has vowed that the expensive PCR swabs will be replaced by the much less expensive lateral flow kits by the start of the half-term on October 22.
The transport secretary unveiled the historic move that would save families hundreds of pounds from traveling abroad and “help life get back to normal”.
It comes as he announced a red list of countries from which Britons cannot travel and cuts to only seven destinations around the world.
Under the new scheme fully scorched Granthshala seekers will be able to get a quick and easy lateral flow kit when they return home on their second day.
They will be allowed to take a picture of it as proof instead of taking the test on Zoom or in person.
Heathrow Airport is also ready to offer airport swabs, which means passengers can get results within minutes of landing.
Mr Shapps said the new system would be a “big step forward” and lead to “massively lower prices” for those traveling abroad.
He added: “We expect it to be ready for half the term, and what a difference it will make for the people.”
When asked when the final details of the scheme would be announced, he said, “In the coming days.”
And he hoped that next summer’s visit to many of his favorite destinations would be completely “testless.”
Mr Shapps advised Brits to “hold off” travel if they were planning on booking trials until after the changes were made.
But he said they can go ahead and book their halls based on the cheaper new arrangement.
The transport secretary insisted the change would not put the UK at great risk of importing new versions of the virus.
Anyone who receives a positive lateral flow kit will be sent a free PCR swab, which can be sequenced to check for dangerous strains.
It also has an advantage that the DIY test gives results within half an hour which means positive people can self-isolate immediately.
In contrast PCR swabs have to be sent to a laboratory and usually take 24 hours to come back.
The good news keeps coming after last night’s change to the travel red list, which saw 47 countries fly by.
Mexico, Thailand and Tunisia have all been removed from the travel ban list.
The full list of Red List countries is now:
- Dominican Republic
The changes in the red list will come into effect from 4 am on Monday, the government announced.
Travelers returning to England from countries not in the Red List will not have to quarantine in any hotel.
If the country is still on the red list, Brits will still have to pay for a 10-day hotel quarantine package upon their return to the UK.
If travelers leave the quarantine hotel before the completion of their 10 days, they will be given a coronavirus fine of £5,000, but that figure could rise to £10,000.
Also from Monday, travelers who have been vaccinated in 37 new countries, including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will be treated the same as fully vaccinated UK residents.
Mr Shapps said: “With the half-term and winter Granthshala just around the corner, we are making it easier to reunite families and loved ones by significantly cutting back on the number of destinations on the Red List, thanks to increased vaccination efforts around the world. In.
“Restoring people’s faith in travel is the key to rebuilding our economy and leveling up this country. With fewer restrictions and more people traveling, we can all continue to move safely together on our path to recovery. can.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our strong border measures have helped protect the unprecedented progress of our vaccination programme, and it is because of this success here and around the world that we can safely open up onward travel.” and we can meet friends and family abroad.
“We are now making it easier and cheaper for people to travel by allowing fully vaccinated travelers from non-redlist countries to use a lateral flow test on the second day of arrival, as long as they provide proof of use. We do.”
More travel restrictions have been lifted in the UK in recent weeks, with green and amber lists scrapped.
The Foreign Office this week also rescinded non-essential travel warnings against 32 countries, including Fiji, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Countries removed from red list
- Cape Verde
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Costa Rica
- in swaziland
- French Guiana
- sierra leone
- South Africa
- Trinidad and Tobago