Britain to relax COVID-19 travel restrictions for COP26

With British Prime Minister pushing for COP26 to be an in-person event rather than a virtual one, Britain said, it will relax some travel restrictions to help delegates attend the U.N. climate conference in Scotland later this year; this will include a shorter quarantine period for those arriving from the so-called “red list” countries.

Many see the in-person attendance of the conference as a super-spreader event especially since thousands of delegates are schedules to arrive from across the globe this November.

As per an official from the COP26 event, “the measures for the summit in Glasgow would strike a balance between allowing the talks to go ahead and protecting public health, with regular testing taking place”.

The official went on to add, “While many measures were based on current regulations, they would also include specific arrangements for Britain’s traffic light system used to grade countries on their COVID risk for those arriving for the summit.”

“This includes a reduced quarantine period of five days for vaccinated individuals from red list countries,” said the official. “There will be no requirement for self-isolation on arrival to the UK for those coming from amber or green list countries whether vaccinated or not.”

Unvaccinated delegates from red list countries would still need to quarantine for 10 days, clarified the official, while adding, delegates would be encouraged to be fully vaccinated, with Britain offering vaccines to all those registered.

According to a spokesperson from the British government, a report from scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showing that greenhouse gas levels were high enough to guarantee climate disruption for decades proved COP26 was a “necessary event”.

“We know that achieving the ambitious global action needed to tackle climate change requires everyone sitting around the same table. To achieve this we have been working tirelessly to make arrangements for an in-person event,” said the spokesperson.

“We believe these arrangements strike a balance between allowing critical climate talks at this exceptional event to continue with representation from around the globe, while continuing to have measures in place to protect public health.”

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