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No more countries added to red list in ‘boost for travel’

No more countries have been added to the government’s travel red list in the latest update.

Proof of vaccination for travel to England will be recognised from 15 more nations from 4am on Monday (November 22).

These include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

The travel update came in a tweet on Thursday from transport secretary Grant Shapps, in what he described as “another boost for business and leisure travel”.

Shapps said: “There will be no countries or territories added to the red list.

“We will continue to keep all measures under review.

“From Monday, proof of vaccination will be recognised from 15 more countries and territories.”

The government announced earlier in the month that restrictions on under 18s arriving in England will be eased alongside an expansion of the number of vaccines approved for inbound travel.

The Department for Transport said the changes would come into effect from 4am on November 22, when all under 18s arriving in England will be treated as fully vaccinated and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day 8 testing and pre-departure testing.

From that date, under 18s will be required to take one post-arrival test, followed by a free PCR test to confirm the result if they are positive.

Under the new rules, the government said it would recognise vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHOEUL).

This means Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing and Covaxin will be added to the list of approved vaccines, which the government said would benefit more fully-vaccinated people from countries including the UAE, Malaysia and India.

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