3 major changes to holiday rules could be announced this week in huge overseas travel boost



THREE major changes to the holiday rules are expected to be announced this week in a huge boost for overseas sun travel.

After a summer vacation for Britons worried about sudden changes to the UK traffic light system, traditional holidays may soon be a possibility again.

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Sunny breaks may soon be back as Boris Johnson revises travel plansCredit: Alamy

Boris Johnson is likely to ditch expensive PCR testing and replace it with side-flow testing for the double puncture.

Meanwhile, the much hated Red, Orange and Green List could be simplified and the Red List reduced.

Speaking at a press conference this evening, the Prime Minister said: “We will find out how to simplify [the traffic light system] and what we can do to ease the burden of testing for those returning to the country. “

The Health Secretary practically confirmed big changes today.

Sajid Javid told MPs they would be “happy” with ministers’ plans to tear up the regulation by the end of the month.

It has faced a barrage of calls to remove expensive PCRs and replace them with cheaper alternatives.

The government is also on the verge of removing traffic light rules and replacing them with a simple “Go / No Go” system for people fully vaccinated before October 1.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps told The Sun the decision has yet to be approved, but added: “If the question is, do you want to simplify this, the answer is definitely yes.”

Meanwhile, Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told LBC: “If a test is not needed, we will abolish it.”

Ministers do not want to ask for tests “for the sole purpose of costing people,” he added.

“If we don’t need a test, then we won’t have this test. PCR testing has helped us when we don’t have a successful vaccination program,” he said.

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“But since we have now been double vaccinated on a large scale, we will not have unnecessary tests.

“We will get rid of them.”

Experts predict a huge mid-term exodus to Turkey as the country – which still hovers around 24 ° C during the day in October – falls off the red list.

There are currently more than 60 countries on this list – including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mexico and the Maldives – but it will be “significantly reduced”, it is understood.

An official from the Turkish Embassy in London told Sky: “Turkey’s Covid data, which is the criteria for the UK’s traffic light system, is – if compared scientifically and objectively – better than a number of Amber List countries.

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“Therefore, we expect Turkey to be removed from the red list.”

Travel expert Paul Charles, managing director of the PC agency, listed the countries he says will switch to amber.

“The countries are Argentina, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Turkey”, a- he declared.

“If he’s careful, Mexico may have to stay a bit longer.

“The Dominican Republic needs help with genomic sequencing.”

Many Britons remained in the UK over the summer due to concerns over expensive PCR testing, as well as sudden changes to the traffic light system.

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Many Britons remained in the UK over the summer due to concerns over expensive PCR testing, as well as sudden changes to the traffic light system.Credit: Alamy
However, the PM has hinted that a complete overhaul of the rules is underway

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However, the PM has hinted that a complete overhaul of the rules is underwayCredit: AFP
Brits get holiday boost as Boris Johnson confirms traffic light rules will be ‘simplified’ with fewer holiday testing

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