Half-term joy as red list set to be slashed from 54 countries to just NINE with South Africa, Brazil and Mexico among destinations to see restrictions lifted

  • The Government’s ‘red list’ of 54 countries is tipped to be reduced to just nine
  • Travel rules for people going to South Africa, Mexico and Brazil could be relaxed
  • Changes would allow double-jabbed to visit countries without having to isolate

Strict Covid travel restrictions are expected to be lifted on most countries this week including South Africa, Mexico and Brazil.

The Government’s ‘red list’ of 54 countries is tipped to be reduced to just nine, just in time for families travelling during the half-term break.

It comes as travel rules are relaxed today with the scrapping of the traffic light system. And the fully vaccinated now no longer need a test before travelling back to the UK.

The Government’s ‘red list’ of 54 countries is tipped to be reduced to just nine, just in time for families travelling during the half-term break. Brazil is expected to be taken off the red list. Pictured: Copacabana Beach

Countries such as Cape Verde and Indonesia are also due to be released from the red list, which requires travellers to quarantine in hotels.

The changes would allow the double-jabbed to visit these countries without having to isolate.

The announcement is expected on Thursday as the Government looks to return society to normal and boost the economy.

It is likely to lead to a flurry of bookings by holidaymakers because many on the list are winter sun destinations.

The changes would allow the double-jabbed to visit these countries without having to isolate. Pictured: Cabo San Lucas in Mexico

The announcement is expected on Thursday as the Government looks to return society to normal and boost the economy. Pictured: South Africa is also set to have its travel rules relaxed

It follows lobbying by Tory backbenchers and industry bodies, which said the restrictions were strangling businesses.

A Whitehall source told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘We are expecting sharp reductions in the red list. It could be as few as nine countries left.’

The Government has also recently been under pressure from many of the countries on its red list to ease restrictions.

Tim Alderslade, head of Airlines UK, said: ‘Things are moving in the right direction and the removal of these restrictions will make it easier and cheaper for people to travel.’

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