By Ron Howells • 17 September 2021 • 9:08
New UK travel rules will see PCR tests axed and amber countries turning green
New UK travel rules expected to be announced today will see PCR tests axed and amber countries turning green.
Under a major shake-up to be announced today by the UK government, the double-jabbed will no longer have to take costly PCR tests when they return from abroad, instead only needing to take a cheaper lateral flow test.
In what is being hailed as a major boost to the airline industry, the ‘pre-departure tests’ that travellers are forced to take before returning home are also likely to be scrapped- saving even more cash for travellers.
Changes to the controversial ‘traffic light’ rules – which will be cut to a two-tier ‘go’ and ‘no go’ system, are also expected.
However, those who are unvaccinated will face even tougher restrictions as they will likely have to quarantine on their return from all countries, even though on the ‘go’ list. Insiders hope the strategy will help to drive up vaccination rates in the country.
According to The Times, Turkey could be taken off the red list in time for the October half-term. Data expert Tim White said that as many as 12 countries could lose their red designation: Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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