UK to ease coronavirus rules for travel to England

The British government says it will ease coronavirus restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers to England next month.

The government made the announcement "in light of the success of the UK's domestic vaccine rollout."

It will adopt a two-tier list, instead of the current three-tier system, to categorize countries and territories into high-risk or low-risk groups based on their infection situations.

It will also expand the roster of countries and territories from which it will accept vaccination certificates.

Starting on October 4, fully vaccinated visitors to England from low-risk countries, such as Japan, will no longer need to take pre-departure tests or self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

People who have been in countries or territories on the high-risk list in the preceding 10 days will only be allowed to enter the UK if they are British or Irish nationals or they have residence rights in the UK. The "red" list will continue to include Brazil and Indonesia.

The government's rigorous travel restrictions have dealt a significant blow to the airline and tourism sectors. Recent progress in the country's vaccination drive prompted calls from the industries to review the rules.