'Essential travel only' rules lifted for another 51 countries

Advice from the Foreign Office against all but essential travel will be lifted for another 51 countries.

They include the Bahamas, Jamaica, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Indonesia, Mexico, the Seychelles, South Africa and Thailand.

It comes after yesterday’s announcement that 47 destinations would be removed from England’s travel ‘red list’, meaning just seven will remain from Monday.

Today all but essential travel advice will be lifted for former amber list countries, including the Bahamas, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica and Martinique.

On Monday the guidance will be scrapped for former red list countries, including Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Montenegro, South Africa and the Philippines.

This will make it much easier for people to get travel insurance, as most providers use listed countries as a reason to exclude cover.

Destinations where ‘all but essential travel’ advice has been lifted today

  • Bahamas
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Palau
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Western Sahara

Destinations where ‘all but essential travel’ advice will end on Monday

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Georgia
  • Guyana
  • Indonesia
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Reunion
  • Rwanda
  • Seyschells
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

It follows an announcement on Wednesday that all but essential travel advice would be lifted for 32 countries.

Confirming a further relaxing of rules today, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the decision will allow people to ‘exercise personal responsibility’.

She added: ‘These updates make travel abroad easier – boosting trade, tourism and reuniting friends and families.

‘I am delighted that the safe reopening of travel allows people to exercise personal responsibility and visit more destinations across the globe.’

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