All 50 countries that are on the UK’s travel red list
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The U.K. has banned travellers coming from some countries in an effort to cut back on the likelihood of importing new, more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus.
The ban applies to those who have been in or transited the banned countries in the past 10 days. It does not, however, apply to British and Irish Nationals as well as third-country nationals who have residence rights in the U.K.
While eligible travellers will be allowed to enter the U.K., they must pre-book to self-isolate for 10 days in government-supervised hotel accommodations. The hotel quarantine measure applies to all arrivals from travel ban countries and costs £1,750 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.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the government is “continuing to monitor COVID-19 rates and new strains of the virus across the globe.” It’s possible that as more strains appear, the U.K. may add more destinations to this list of banned countries.
And, much like the travel corridors in place before they were suspended, this list can change at any moment. Most recently, Shapps announced that Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago have been added to the red list.
The U.K. now requires that all travellers coming from abroad must have a negative COVID-19 test result in order to board their flight. The eligible test must have been taken no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. If the passenger arrives in the U.K. without a negative test result, they could be subject to an immediate £500 fine.
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. For those who can, a passenger must quarantine for a full five days. After their fifth day of quarantine, they can elect to pay for an additional private COVID-19 test and await the result. If it produces a negative test result, the traveller can forgo the rest of their quarantine. However, they will still have to take the final COVID-19 test on day eight of being back in the country.
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.
See the following other lists for the countries in the green and red categories:
- All 11 countries and territories that are on the UK’s travel green list
- All 167 countries that are on the UK’s travel amber list
See a full list of the 50 banned countries below as of 4 a.m. on 8 June, noting that before that time, the most recent seven additions will remain amber.
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Africa
- Costa Rica
- French Guiana
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
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