Travel announcement expected later - with traffic light system to be replaced and Turkey taken off red list

The green and amber lists will reportedly be merged into one category of low-risk nations and the number of places on the red list will be reduced.

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The green and amber lists will reportedly be merged into one category of low-risk nations and the number of places on the red list will be reduced.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News no decisions have yet been taken but he understands there"may be a meeting today to review those travel restrictions".There have also been suggestions that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to take a lateral flow test before their departure and a PCR test after their arrival.

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The move would save travellers around £100 a trip.However, Mr Eustice remained cautious, saying:"The rationale for the PCR test is that you can do genome sequencing of variants and can therefore detect possible variants of concern."Arguably the biggest threat to the travel industry is we do get another variant that manages to get around the variant, then we're into another lockdown and we don't want that, that's why we've taken this cautiously step by step."

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Reports suggest this could be changed and under the new system they would be required to quarantine at home and take two tests when coming back from a low-risk location.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps's expected announcement will only apply to England.

But the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also implemented recent changes announced in Westminster.Health Secretary Sajid Javid indicated earlier this week that PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers will be scrapped in favour of cheaper lateral flow tests, amid accusations some of the private testing companies listed on the government website have been advertising misleading low prices and providing poor service.

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