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Foreign Office relaxes COVID travel advice to 51 countries

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The Foreign Office is lifting restrictive travel advice for a further 51 countries.

Countries that are having the “all but essential travel” advice lifted today are former amber list nations such as Jamaica and the Bahamas.

A second stage will see ex-red list countries having the advice removed on Monday, including South Africa, Mexico and the Seychelles.

With the advice lifted, people will be able to get travel insurance again for those countries as most insurers use it as a reference point to exclude cover.

The move comes two days after 32 countries, including Fiji, Malaysia and Bangladesh, had the advice lifted as the government aims to simplify travel in the wake of the success of the vaccine rollout, better understanding of the virus and improved public health in those destinations.