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Changes to international travel rules
From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to
England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a
single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals
from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and
territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. For
more information on travel from rest of world for vaccinated and nonvaccinated travellers, click here
US to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travellers
The United States will reopen in November to air travellers from 33
countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully
vaccinated against COVID-19.
The United States will admit fully vaccinated air travellers from the 26
so-called Schengen countries in Europe including France, Germany, Italy,
Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India,
South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The unprecedented US restrictions have
barred non-US citizens who were in those countries within the past 14
Further information is expected about the exact date that the US will
open their borders as well as details of vaccination status’ allowed.
Changes to passport rules for entry to the UK from 1 Oct 2021
From 1 October 2021 EU, EEA or Swiss national ID cards will no longer be
valid for travel to the UK unless travellers live in the UK and have settled
or pre-settled status. Passports will be mandatory for all other
passengers including children. Passengers with settled or pre-settled
status can continue to use national ID cards until 31 December 2025. For
more information, click here
TSA increases fines for violations of face mask rules
The Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security
Administration has increased the penalties which can be imposed on
travellers if they fail to wear face masks when required. The TSA has
increased the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals
who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial
aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including
passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public
The rules – which are currently set to remain in effect until January 18,
2022 – mean travellers can be fined between $500 and $1,000 for a first
offence, and between $1,000 and $3,000 for a second offence. The new
penalties are double the previous levels
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