The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, will reportedly add more countries to the quarantine-free travel list and simultaneously cut down the UK's "red list" from 54 nations to just nine later this week.
According to reports, starting later in October, fully vaccinated visitors from countries such as Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia would no longer be required to quarantine for ten days at a UK government-recommended hotel when they arrive in the UK.
The modifications, which are set to be revealed this coming Thursday, are expected to result in a boom in travel bookings, bringing much needed respite to airlines and travel firms that have been driven to their knees by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now, the UK's hotel isolation policy for high-risk nations costs £2,285 per adult, effectively discouraging international travel.
The country is already planning to ease its travel restrictions starting October 4th by completely scrapping the amber list for medium-risk locations and no longer mandating fully vaccinated travelers to get a Covid-19 test done before entering the country from nations that are not on the red list.
The government has also announced that beginning late October, new immigrants in England would no longer be required to undergo a PCR test two days following their arrival and can opt for the less expensive lateral flow test instead.
A Whitehall insider reviled that the UK is expected to make substantial reductions in the red list. There might be as few as nine countries remaining on the list. The targeted quarantine mandate will continue, albeit in fewer areas.
According to the source, ministers still want certain limits in place to prevent potential COVID variants from entering the nation, but the government also wants to avoid an unnecessarily limited travel policy.
Travelers coming in from red-list nations are currently still required to self-isolate, even if they have been double-jabbed. And violating the regulations might result in a £10,000 fine.