All countries will be removed from England’s travel red list in four days

The travel system is here to stay, despite all countries turning green (Picture: Getty Images)

All countries will be removed from the red list in a major boost for the travel industry.

No one will be forced to pay thousands to quarantine in hotels from November 1 at 4am.

But the travel system will remain in place – meaning any country could still flip from green to red in the future.

There are currently just seven countries on the red list – Colombia, Peru, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Venezuela and Ecuador

For the past eight months, those arriving from red list destinations have been forced to spend an eye-watering £2,285 on 10-day stays in Government hotels.

The news was officially confirmed by the Department for Transport this afternoon.

The rules will apply to England and Wales, with the leaders of Scotland and Northern Ireland making their own judgements.

The Welsh Government said the changes were ‘not without risk’, revealing they are ‘also concerned about the UK Government’s many decisions to change the border health measures’.

But they added: ‘However, it is difficult for Wales to adopt different arrangements to those required by the UK Government, as the majority of Welsh travellers enter the UK through ports and airports in England.

‘Having different requirements would cause significant practical problems, confusion among the travelling public, logistical issues, enforcement at our borders and disadvantages for Welsh businesses.’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also confirmed a change to the country’s inbound vax policy today.

Travel has been made cheaper and easier for people in England (Picture: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

Writing on Twitter, he said: ‘We can also confirm that from Monday, eligible travellers from over 30 new countries and territories including Peru & Uganda will be added to our inbound vax policy, bringing the total number of countries on this list to over 135.’

It comes after holiday rules for fully vaccinated people were relaxed further on Sunday.

Double-jabbed passengers coming from green list countries no longer need to take pricey PCR tests when they land in the UK.

Instead, they can take a cheaper lateral flow test for as little as £22.

It comes as Boris Johnson resists calls to move to ‘Plan B’ and introduce extra restrictions.

Hospitals are currently looking after their highest level of Covid-19 patients for more than seven months, while cases have climbed over the past month.

But modelling has suggested infections could plummet by Christmas with no extra restrictions.

Boris Johnson is said to have been warned that moving to Plan B could cost the economy up to £18 billion.

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