A major change to UK international travel rules is expected, while a number of destinations are set to move out of the highest risk category.

An overhaul of the current rules, which are based on the red, amber and green lists, is set to be announced on Friday, the PA news agency reports.

It has been reported that the green and amber lists will be merged to form one category of low-risk countries, while the number of destinations on the red list will be reduced.

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There have also been claims that fully vaccinated arrivals will no longer need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test or a post-arrival PCR test - a change which could save travellers around £100 per trip.

However, reports suggest the rules could be tougher for people who haven't had both doses of a Covid vaccine, who may have to quarantine at home and be required to take two tests when arriving from a low-risk location under the new system.

The changes would come into force ahead of the October half-term break.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to make the announcement on Friday.

It is anticipated that people arriving from red list countries will still have to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel, at a cost of £2,285 for solo travellers.

There are currently 62 countries on that list, but this is expected to be reduced.

Paul Charles, chief executives of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said earlier this week that 24 countries “should be taken off”, including Pakistan, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Chile.

But he said he would be “very surprised” if Turkey is removed due to the country's “worsening” coronavirus data.

But coronavirus data analyst Tim White said: “With Grant Shapps and the travel lottery, no-one can be sure. But the data firmly support Turkey being removed as it has no threat of variants and a lot of genomic sequencing.”

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