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Britain mulls easing COVID-19 travel rules for England By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: An employee cleans the International Arrivals Area of Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport. It was taken August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel after the travel industry complained that a myriad of onerous rules and red tape were hobbling airlines, holiday and tourism companies.

Britain uses a complex system of rules to prevent the spread and spread of the coronavirus. These include expensive quarantine, private testing, and an elaborate traffic light system that ranks the destinations in green, amber, and red.

Sky News’ Agriculture Secretary George Eustice stated that the COVID subcommittee, which decides on these matters, will consider it “probably later today.”

British travellers have called for the government’s assistance in easing travel restrictions and allowing companies to provide cheaper testing.

Ministers as well as tourists are complaining about the steep prices for private COVID-19 testing. These tests are currently listed at around 50 pounds and can go up to 399 pounds depending on current listings.

According to The Times, ministers are reducing the number of countries on the “red” list – which currently stands at 62. Double-vaccinated people will not have to pay extra for polymerase chain reaction testing (PCR).

The newspaper reported that quarantine hotels will remain for red-listers returning to their home countries.

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