Foreign Office relaxes COVID travel advice for UK travellers to 51 countries

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The Foreign Office is lifting restrictive COVID travel advice for a further 51 countries.

Countries that are having the "all but essential travel" advice lifted today are former amber list nations such as Jamaica and the Bahamas.

A second stage will see ex-red list countries having the advice removed on Monday, including South Africa, Mexico and the Seychelles.

The Foreign Office has yet to supply a full list of the 51 countries but is set to do so soon.

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With the advice lifted, people will be able to get travel insurance again for those countries as most insurers use it as a reference point to exclude cover.

The move comes two days after 32 countries, including Fiji, Malaysia and Bangladesh, had the advice lifted as the government aims to simplify travel in the wake of the success of the vaccine rollout, better understanding of the virus and improved public health in those destinations.

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The advice was initially put in place due to the COVID situation in those countries and was focused on people departing from the UK.

On Monday, the traffic light system – related to inbound travel to the UK – was dropped in favour of just one red list.

The red list was then reduced to just seven countries on Thursday, with 47 coming off the red list from Monday.

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