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COVID-19: Northern Ireland to scrap traffic light travel system

As holiday bookings begin to soar, Northern Ireland will be scrapping its traffic light travel system.

The country’s traffic light system for international travel will change from October 4th and will include just a single red list of destinations as well as a simplified process for travellers from the remainder of the world, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

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This decision was made after the UK government observed a significant increase in travel bookings after scrapping the traffic light system.

Anyone who arrives in the country from a red-list destination will be required to quarantine in a government-supervised hotel.

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to provide a negative pre-departure test before returning to England from countries that are not on the red list.

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By the end of October, a two-day PCR test will be replaced with a cheaper lateral flow test.

However, PCR tests will still be required for people who are unvaccinated.

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