Remove Egypt from travel red list immediately

Egypt should be immediately removed from the red list for travel. The Government has failed to explain why Egypt was added to the red list to begin with, when, compared to some countries on the amber list, Egypt had and continues to have more favorable COVID indicators.

This petition closed on 29 Dec 2021 with 12,411 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Remove Egypt from travel red list immediately

1. Remove Egypt from travel red list immediately
24/06/2021 - Petitions

Found: Egypt should be immediately removed from the red list for travel. The Government has failed to explain

2. Data informing international travel traffic-light risk assessments, 3 June 2021
04/06/2021 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: international travel red, amber and green (RAG) assessments. The JBC reviews over 250 countries and territories

3. Risk assessment data: 17 September 2021
17/09/2021 - UK Health Security Agency
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Found: international travel red, amber and green (RAG) assignments. The JBC reviews over 250 countries and territories

4. COVID-19 risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system
07/05/2021 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: Guidance COVID-19 risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system

5. Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 29 April to 5 May 2021
13/05/2021 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Found: May 2021, a 9% decrease compared to the previous week . This continues the decrease in positive cases

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Recent Speeches related to Remove Egypt from travel red list immediately

1. Covid-Secure Borders
15/06/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: variants into the UK; calls on the Government to immediately scrap the Amber List category of the Government’s - Speech Link

2. International Travel Rules
22/07/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: allowing fully vaccinated people to travel to nearly all amber list countries, without isolating upon return - Speech Link
2: four and under will continue to be exempt from any travel testing, while children aged five to 10 will only - Speech Link
3: priority, and with our measures on international travel we are safeguarding the gains made by our successful - Speech Link

3. Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
17/05/2021 - Grand Committee

1: second dose. In total, a staggering 56.6 million Covid vaccine doses have now been administered in the - Speech Link
2: placing India on the red list is at least questionable, given the rate of Covid cases in that country - Speech Link

4. International Travel
29/06/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: evening, the Government announced changes to the countries listed on the green and red travel lists. They - Speech Link
2: this pandemic behind us, so that we might finally begin to think about returning to some sort of normality - Speech Link

5. International Travel
01/07/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: this pandemic behind us, so that we might finally begin to think about returning to some sort of normality - Speech Link
2: tonight, at 4 am. That will change the countries that are on the red and the green lists. There are some - Speech Link
3: closely tracked and in some cases followed by other countries. We are now focused on the long-term issue of - Speech Link

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... what recent assessment he has made of the security of UK citizens visiting Sharm el Sheikh; if he will review his travel advice on that area; and if he will make a statement.

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4. Red Diesel: Local Government
asked by: Andrew Gwynne
27/04/2020
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5. Red Diesel: Local Government
asked by: Andrew Gwynne
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... what assessment his Department has made of potential effect of the removal of the entitlement to use red diesel from April 2022 on local government.

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It is unacceptable that the Government imposed such extreme travel restrictions on apparently arbitrary, inconsistent and/or unsubstantiated grounds.

According to World Health Organisation data, Egypt had recorded 7,282 new cases in the seven days prior to its red-listing. This is a drop of around 9 per cent from the previous week. The incident numbers have continued to decrease since, whilst vaccination uptake increased. There is also no evidence of a Delta-variant surge.


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Government Response

Monday 23rd August 2021

Ministerial decisions on allocations to the red list are informed by the latest scientific data and public health advice, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of concern.


Egypt was added to the red list of high-risk countries on 08 June 2021 with enhanced travel restrictions, because COVID-19 prevalence in Egypt was assessed to be high and there was evidence to suggest community transmission of variants of concern. The government took this decisive action to impose additional measures on Egypt to limit the importation of variants of concern to England and to protect the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme at a critical time.

These measures permit entry to only British and Irish Nationals (and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK) arriving from high-risk (known as red list) countries and are also required to quarantine in government managed hotels. These are all temporary measures that are kept under regular review and the government maintains that they will only be kept in place whilst the level of risk justifies the measures.

On 17 May 2021, the Government introduced the traffic light system to provide a framework for a safe and sustainable return to international travel. The traffic light system categorises countries and territories based on risk to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19. The traffic light system categorises countries based on risk to protect public health and the vaccine rollout from variants of COVID-19. The Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) produces risk assessments of countries and territories. Decisions on red, amber or green list assignment and associated border measures are taken by Ministers, who take into account the JBC risk assessments, alongside wider public health factors.
Key factors in the JBC risk assessment of each country include:

o genomic surveillance capability

o COVID-19 transmission risk

o Variant of Concern transmission risk

A summary of the JBC methodology is published on gov.uk, alongside key data that supports Ministers' decisions. The summary of the JBC methodology is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-risk-assessment-methodology-to-inform-international-travel-traffic-light-system and the data is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/data-informing-international-travel-risk-assessments.

Country allocations to the traffic light system are reviewed every three weeks, unless concerning evidence means we need to act faster to protect public health. At the last review on 4 August, it was decided that Egypt should remain on the red list because Egypt has very low testing and very low sequencing such that there is a potential for high public health risk to the UK, and has high-risk variants under investigation.

We will not compromise on the progress we have made on our vaccine programme by allowing people to freely mix abroad and return or travel to the UK without proper checks and procedures. This is just the start for opening international travel, with the UK leading the way with a robust system.

As with all our coronavirus measures, we keep the red list under regular review and our priority remains to protect the health of the UK public.

Department for Transport


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