The United Kingdom has announced that Sri Lanka will be removed from its travel red list with effect from next Wednesday.
Sri Lanka has been in the red list since the 8th of June, as part of a group of countries the UK government had defined as particularly high-risk for new and emerging strains of the novel coronavirus.
The removal from the red list will be a boost to the tourism industry as people returning to the UK from Sri Lanka will no longer have to stay in hotel quarantine and PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers.
At present, British passport holders visiting red list countries have to spend more money and time on quarantine.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that Sri Lanka, Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya will be removed from the red list from September 22, before it switches to a simpler two-tiered travel system from the current three-tiered traffic light system, allowing for fully-vaccinated persons to travel with simple and cheaper rules.
The international travel traffic light system is being simplified in England with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October.
Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country not on the red list.
Travelers who are not vaccinated under the UK government-sanctioned programs must complete a 10-day at-home quarantine and take a further PCR test on or after the eighth day of their quarantine.
The travel industry has said the announcement was a step towards helping tourism recover.