No UK travel update until Friday
The 3-weekly travel review by the UK government to assess which countries are on which list for travel that was expected today has been delayed until tomorrow (Friday), as an announcement of the overhaul of the traffic light system could come as early as tomorrow as well.
All week there have been hints that the shakeup of the system, due on October 1st, could have details released sooner rather than later, with Boris Johnson suggesting there could be a wider look at the travel system.
He said: "We will be saying a lot more shortly about traffic lights system, about simplifying it, and about what we can do about the burdens of testing less onerous for those who are coming back into the country."
There is also speculation, following comments by the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, that PCR tests could be scrapped for fully vaccinated travellers returning home, in favour of lateral flow tests and possibly even the use of NHS tests, but that a two-test system would also be in place for those not vaccinated.
All this is linked to have two lists for travel, a Go list and a Don’t Go list which would also greatly reduce the number of countries currently in red, as experts predict that 12 countries would come off that list if a ‘normal’ review is made.
These changes are deemed possible because of the increase in protection from the virus by vaccinations, particularly in Europe, and the small percentage of people returning home and testing positive for the virus.