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Jamaica in limbo: England scraps ‘amber list’ amid COVID travel shake-up

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Jamaica’s fate is currently unclear as officials in England have discontinued the ‘amber list’, under which the island was placed for close to a month, on Friday (September 15). 

According to a report from The Guardian, the rules for British travellers has been “significantly simplified”, with travel designations replaced by either the existing ‘red list’, where nearly all non-essential travel is not allowed or ‘green’, meaning an OK to travel. 

“Another key change, initially announced in a series of tweets by Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, means that people who are double-vaccinated will no longer have to take a COVID test before they return to the UK from a green-list country,” The Guardian report indicated. 

Jamaica was among nine Caribbean countries and territories named in the United Kingdom’s ‘amber list’—related to travel amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—last updated on Monday, September 6.

Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic were all placed on the UK’s ‘red list’, which was first published on August 26.

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