Sajid Javid has announced that all 11 countries on the coronavirus travel red list will be removed from 4am on Wednesday.
The Health Secretary told MPs the spread of Omicron in the UK and the world means the travel red list is “now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad”.
He said: “So I can announce today that whilst we’ll maintain our temporary testing measures for international travel, we will be removing all 11 countries from the travel red list effective from 4am tomorrow.”
Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe are currently on the list.
The red list was reintroduced in late November as a precaution after the emergence of the Omicron variant.
Currently, all UK arrivals from red list countries must pay for and self-isolate in a Government-mandated quarantine hotel for 10 days.