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Travel rules set to be ripped up and replaced within weeks

International travel rules are set to change (Picture: Getty)

The current rules for international travel are set to be torn up, with a new system to be announced within weeks.

Sajid Javid said today that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps would provide further updates on international travel ahead of the formal review point on October 1.

Since May, a ‘traffic light’ system has operating listing each country as green, amber, or red with different rules for each one.

The next review of the list is due tomorrow or Thursday, but the government plans to change the whole system after this.

Exactly what the new rules will be is not clear, but some sources have claimed there will be only two categories of country rather than the current three.

The government is expected to announce soon that travel will be easier for those fully vaccinated.

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Travellers who have received both doses of the vaccine will only need to take a lateral flow test before flying back to the UK and another two days after their return – avoiding costly PCR tests.

However, unvaccinated people will still need to take a PCR test and those returning from red list countries will still have to quarantine in government-selected hotels, reports suggest.

Conservative Sir Graham Brady MP raised testing for travellers, asking: ‘The Secretary of State will know there is evidence now that people returning from green list and amber list countries over the summer actually had a lower level of Covid than people who stayed here during the summer.

‘Does he accept that makes a very powerful case for getting rid of the day-two PCR test for people returning from those countries?’

Mr Javid said: ‘(He’s) right to raise this and it’s the reason why we have constantly kept our travel rules relating to Covid under review and in my statement earlier he may have heard I referred to a set of changes that we are looking to make very soon and the (Transport Secretary) will be bringing forward those changes to the House as soon as he possibly can.’

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