Travel bans on those coming from the Far East, Middle East and Australia could soon be axed according to reports. There is mounting speculation to suggests that once double-jabbed EU and US travellers are given the green light to enter the UK on Monday without quarantine, vital flight hubs in other key locations of the world could also benefit from similarly relaxed rules.
According to The Telegraph, ministers have “closed to agreement” over a plan to allow travelers to connect via major hubs that are currently listed on the UK’s red list.
These include Dubai, Istanbul and Abu Dhabi as well as Doha, Doha, Bahrain, Doha, Doha, Doha, Dubai, Bahrain, etc.
This would allow travellers to return from Australia or New Zealand with more connections without being quarantined.
As of the writing date, only legal residents or citizens of UK and Ireland are allowed to enter “red” countries.
This is expected to increase the UK’s global connectivity.
A Government source said to The Telegraph that they are “close to an agreement” and would announce it within the week.
It is believed that the ban on connecting passengers will be lifted but the countries remain on “red” list in the near future.
This could come as a blow to holidaymakers itching to get back to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
This comes at a time when ministers are beginning to protest the Government’s travel restrictions.
Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) reportedly wrote to Boris Johnson in an attempt to emphasize the harm that the border policy has done to the economy and tourism.
Comparative studies were made with other countries, such as European Union members, to see if international travel has been reestablished through the use of the European Digital Travel Certificate.
Simon Calder, a travel expert says that the amber plus listing could be a source of hope for countries like the UAE or Turkey.
On his Travel Radio Show, Mr Calder stated that the amber plus listing could allow for some of these strict restrictions to be lifted for specific destinations.
He said, “I like the thought that amber plus would be the type of halfway house for countries like Turkey, South Africa, Kenya and India (UAE), South Africa or Kenya, India or Egypt.”
The Government can bring them back to red-list status and put them on amber plus.
It will serve as a halfway house.
Publiated at Sun, 01 August 2021 09:22.07 +0000