UK removes 47 countries from travel red list

Oct 7, 2021

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information.

The U.K. has removed the ban for travellers coming from 47 destinations, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday, 7 October.

Now, only seven countries remain on the list: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Haiti, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. The change is effective 11 October 2021.

The original ban was part of the effort to cut back on the likelihood of importing new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus. It applied to people who have been in or transited through the banned countries in the past 10 days. It did not apply to British and Irish nationals as well as third-country nationals who have residence rights in the U.K.

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Another change announced is that those visiting England will have fewer entry requirements by recognising those with fully vaccinated status from 37 new countries and territories, including India, Turkey and Ghana, treating them the same as fully vaccinated U.K. travellers.

While eligible travellers will be allowed to enter the U.K., they still must pre-book to self-isolate for 10 days in government-supervised hotel accommodations. The hotel quarantine measure costs £2,250 for a solo adult traveller. The cost of the package includes accommodation, food and drink, testing whilst in quarantine, transport to and from the airport and security.

Related: Everything you need to know about the UK’s hotel quarantine

And, much like the travel corridors in place before they were suspended, this list can change at any moment.

Related: What kind of COVID-19 test do I need to travel and how much does it cost?

Passengers coming from a travel ban country cannot test out of a full 10-day quarantine by way of the Test to Release scheme in England.

All passengers, regardless of their nationality or where they’re coming from, still are required to fill out a passenger locator form before they arrive in the U.K.

Additional reporting by Benét J. Wilson. 

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