Kenya, Egypt among countries removed from U.K Red travel list

Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. Kenya Airways connects Amsterdam to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Kenya Airways is part of SkyTeam aviation alliance. /Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto /Getty Images

Kenya and Egypt are among eight countries that have been removed from the United Kingdom’s Red travel list.

UK’s Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on Friday announced that starting September 22 (Wednesday), Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh, Turkey, and the Maldives will be removed from the Red travel list.

While giving more updates on travel restrictions, the British official said the government was making COVID-19 testing easier for travel from October 4.

“If you’re fully vaccinated, you won’t need a pre-departure test before arrival into England from a non-red country and from later in October, will be able to replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow.” Grant said.

“We’ll also be introducing a new simplified system for international travel from Monday  October 4, replacing the current approach with a single red list and simplified measures for the rest of the world —  striking the right balance to manage the public health risk as No.1 priority.” he added.

The Secretary of State will set out measures to simplify international travel later in the day, in order to reduce costs, take advantage of higher levels of vaccination, and keep everyone safe.

In April, the UK  government had announced adding some countries to its red list as a result of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases due to various variants.