GET ready to pack your suitcases as it has been reported that England's red list holidays are going to be suspended.
This is if the Coronovarius situation doesn’t drastically worsen. Here's everything you need to know about traveling to and from the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Can I travel to the Dominican Republic?
To travel to the Dominican Republic, from June 2021 passengers arriving from the UK, or who have spent time in the UK in the preceding 14 days, will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their arrival.
It is also possible to present a vaccination card demonstrating a final dose administered no fewer than three weeks before their arrival.
All passengers will be temperature tested.
The Dominican authorities will do a rapid diagnostic breath test to a percentage of randomly-selected passengers on arrival.
Any passengers on arrival who show possible signs of COVID-19 will also be tested.
If a passenger tests positive for the virus they will be required to isolate in an authorised location.
Any travellers who have a negative COVID-19 PCR, taken 72 hours before arrival, will be exempt from any of these tests.
Can I travel to Colombia?
You cannot enter Colombia if you have symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.
Surgical masks are required by all passengers above the age of two throughout the journey.
N95 masks are recommended for passengers above 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Colombia has reponed all its borders such as its land, sea and river.
The neighbouring countries may still be implementing their own border control measures.
What are the latest holiday rules?
The latest holiday rules will see Hotel quarantine come to an end if the changes come into effect, opening up foreign travel completely for the first time since the pandemic began.
Currently Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are on the government’s red list.
Following the widespread speculation, they will all be taken off the list following the update today (October 28).
Requirements for vaccinated travellers
- You will no longer have to take a pre-departure test before travelling to the England
- You do not have to self-isolate upon your return
- You must take a day two PCR test once you have arrived back England (which will be replaced by a lateral flow test later in October)
Requirements for unvaccinated travellers
- You must still take a pre-departure test (PCR or lateral flow) within three days of travelling to the UK
- You must isolate for 10 days when you arrive
- You must take day two and day eight PCR test
- If you test negative on day five of isolation with a PCR test you may be excused from isolating
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We will keep the red list category in place as a precautionary measure to protect public health and are prepared to add countries and territories back if needed, as the UK's first line of defence."
The Welsh Government confirmed that it will adopt the same changes in the red list and vaccine recognition.
Changes will take force from Monday November 1 at 4am.
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