Sri Lanka And Seven Other Countries To Be Removed From UK ‘Red List’ 
Posted 21,September

By Chaveendra Dunuwille

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According to the United Kingdom’s travel advisory, Sri Lanka and seven other countries will be removed from UK’s ‘Red list’ tomorrow. 

Following significant complaints from citizens, the UK will replace its complicated traffic light system with a simpler scheme for fully vaccinated arrivals. The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated, “Changes mean a simpler, more straightforward system.” However, the red list is to remain for the foreseeable future. 

From the 22nd of September, 2021, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, and Turkey will be off the UK red list. This is considered as a chance for Sri Lanka to kick start the recovery of its tourism industry. 

From the 4th of October, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the UK will not need to take a pre-departure test. By the end of October, travelers will not have to take the expensive PCR test, only a rapid lateral flow test on day two of their stay.