England Readies Major Shake-Up of Traffic-Light System

The current traffic-light system for arrivals into England will be replaced by a single red list with simplified measures for the rest of the world, the U.K.’s transport secretary announced Friday. The new system will come into effect at 4 a.m. on Oct. 4.

Additionally, pre-departure Covid-19 tests will be scrapped for people arriving in England from countries not on the red list and who are doubly vaccinated. The government also has indicated that vaccinations from 17 further countries, including Canada, Israel, Japan and Singapore, would be accepted.

Grant Shapps has also indicated that second-day PCR tests will be replaced by cheaper lateral flow tests beginning at the end of October.Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will continue to include pre-departure tests, day-two and day-eight PCR tests.