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Hopes for surge in holiday bookings as England’s ‘red list’ cut to seven countries

Tour operators welcome lifting of Covid restrictions on 47 countries and urge government to simplify testing protocols – and resist U-turns

Travel industry insiders predicted a surge in bookings for October half-term as ministers cut England’s travel red list to just seven countries, all in Latin America: Peru, Columbia, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Venezuela. Travellers from other destinations will no longer have to quarantine in a hotel on their return to the country.

The decision to reduce the red list from 54 countries to seven was taken at a meeting on Thursday morning, after discussions about the safety of opening the country’s borders.

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