MANILA, Oct 9 (Mabuhay) — The United Kingdom (UK) government announced on Friday that it is set to remove the Philippines from its “travel red list” starting Monday, October 11.

“From 4 a.m. (UK time) on Monday 11 October, the Philippines will no longer be on the red list for entering England,” the UK government said in an advisory.

Laure Beaufils, UK Ambassador-Designate to the Philippines, said that those who have been fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the UK government will not have to quarantine upon arrival. They will only need to take the COVID-19 test on their second day in the UK.

“You will need a valid vaccine certificate issued by the Philippines state-level government to prove your vaccination status,” Beaufils said in a video shared by the British Embassy to Manila.

The envoy said COVID-19 vaccines Oxford Astrazeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen are the only recognized vaccine in the UK.

However, she said that for those who have not yet vaccinated or received vaccines currently not recognized by the UK government will still be able to travel to the UK.

“You will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, complete 10 days of self-isolation with PCR tests on day 2 and 8 after arriving in the UK. You may also choose to take an additional COVID-19 test to release early on day 5,” Beaufils said.

The UK government said its travel red list will be reduced to seven destinations namely Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela with 47 countries and territories removed on Monday.

It added that the eligible travelers vaccinated in over 37 new countries including Brazil, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey, will also be treated the same as returning fully vaccinated UK residents so long as they have not visited a red list country or territory in the 10 days before arriving in England. (MNS)

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