Very soon, people travelling from countries considered to be high risk to England, will have to quarantine in hotels sanctioned by the UK government, so these measures can be enforced more strictly. What does this mean for travelling? What countries are included on the banned list.
What Countries Are Included on the Banned List?
33 so-called high risk countries have now been placed on the red list by the United Kingdom. Anyone who has been in these 33 countries in 10 days before they travelled are not allowed to enter the UK. These are primarily African and South American countries, where new variants of Covid-19 have been discovered. Rwanda, Burundi, and the UAE are the most recent additions to the list. Due to its close connections to Brazil, Portugal is the only European country that has been added to the list.
What About Irish and British Nationals?
The good news for Irish and British nationals travelling from these countries to the UK is that they are allowed entry into the country. That also includes residents and visa holders. However, they need to quarantine for a total of 10 days.
How is the Hotel Quarantine System Likely to Work?
Although the full details of how hotel quarantining will work have still to be set out by the
government, we do know a little about it. When people travel from red list countries to England, they are met at their point of entry, whether it’s the port or airport and are then taken directly to a hotel so they can self-isolate with it enforced to avoid any unnecessary spreading of Covid-19 variants.
This system is not new or exclusive to the UK as entry to some other countries, like Australia, already includes hotel quarantining.
Who Is Allowed to Travel at the Moment?
As a result of us being under a national lockdown, people are only allowed to travel abroad for what are deemed to be essential reasons. These are considered the same as reasonable excuses for travelling domestically, such as:
- Educational reasons
- Medical appointments
- Work, when it cannot be done at home
It will soon be the case that people who leave England need to declare the reason they need to
travel, and that will be checked before they depart by carriers. There will be an increase in the presence of police at airports and other ports, so that they can tell anyone who does not have a reason to travel they should go home, or they will be fined.
What About Testing?
There have been new rules set in place about Covid-19 testing. For example, incoming travellers to
the UK need to have evidence of a Covid-19 test with a negative result that was taken within the last
72 hours. If they don’t comply with these rules, they will be fined £500 and Border Force officials will
be there to carry spot checks.
Who Does Not Need to Be Tested?
Currently, there is a small amount of people who don’t need to be tested, including:
- Maritime crew, international rail workers, air workers and Hauliers
- Travellers coming from St Helena, Ascension Islands, and the Falkland Islands
- Passengers from what is known as the Common Travel Area (Isle of Man, Channel Islands,
and the Republic of Ireland)
- Children under the age of 11 years old