Dozens of locations for Essex holidaymakers will open up with a major overhaul of travel rules for England.
The government’s “amber list” of countries is set to be scrapped from October 4, with the message simplified to “go” and “no go” destinations.
This means the “red list” of countries – where several Covid tests and quarantine will be required for people returning to England – will remain on one hand, with “the rest of the world” on the other.
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The red list itself is also set to be slimmed down, with eight countries being removed from 4am on Wednesday 22 September, including Turkey, Pakistan and the Maldives, Transport Secretary Grant Schapps announced on Friday (September 17).
Double-vaccinated passengers arriving from non-red-list countries will no longer have to take day two PCR tests from a date later in October – but will have to take another type of test instead.
From October 4 however they will no longer have to take a pre-departure test at all.
Glyn Jones, CEO of London Southend Airport, has welcomed the changes.
He said: “The government travel update is welcome news, albeit too late to make any real difference to the industries peak summer period.
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“Passenger confidence needs rebuilding and we hope that we are finally heading in the right direction.
“London Southend Airport has campaigned for clarity in travel requirements as well as subsidised testing costs.
“The removal of the traffic light system and lateral flow test acceptance is a big step to recovery for the aviation industry which has experienced significant disruption for the last 18 months.”
With the new changes imminent, here is a rundown of all the places people will now be able to travel from airports in Essex – London Stansted and London Southend.
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London Stansted Airport has hundreds of destinations across Europe – and with the scrapping of the amber lists, nearly all locations will be available for passengers.
Two countries on Stansted’s routes – Montenegro and Turkey – were on the government’s red list, meaning those coming to England must take a Covid test three days before travelling, book a hotel package including two Covid tests, and complete a passenger locator form.
With Turkey being removed however from September 22, just Montenegro remans.
With the amber list going, passengers at Stansted can now fly to:
- The Netherlands
- Northern Island
- Czech Republic
- United Arab Emirates
- Canary Islands
- The Balearic Islands
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London Southend Airport
While London Southend’s destinations are nowhere near as vast as Stansted, with the amber list being scrapped – all its routes will be available to passengers with no restrictions.
- Alicante, Spain
- Brest, Brittany, France
- Bucharest, Romania
- Corfu – Greek island
- Dublin, Ireland
- Faro, Portugal
- Kristiansand, Norway
- Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain
- Milan Bergamo, Italy
- Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
- Reus, Catalonia
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