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Travel UK update: Which countries are on the red list?

Benedict Jenkins - Uncategorized
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From 17 Could, worldwide journey was given the official go-ahead in Britain by the International Journey Taskforce, topic to a site visitors gentle system.

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Since then, the “crimson listing” of highest-risk locations has fluctuated, but it surely now stands at simply seven locations after the most recent authorities replace on 7 October.

On 17 September, the Division for Transport (DfT) introduced that from 4 October, the three site visitors gentle lists can be scrapped, leaving simply the crimson listing and one different listing of “remainder of world” or ROW locations, comprised of the merged inexperienced and amber lists.

The crimson listing was dramatically slashed, with 47 international locations eliminated, in the latest reshuffle. These international locations joined the newly minted ROW listing on 11 October.

It’s understood that the crimson listing will go on to be reviewed each three weeks, because the site visitors gentle lists have been this summer season.

Which international locations are on the crimson listing?

The federal government has mandated resort quarantine for Britons coming back from high-risk or “crimson listing” international locations to cease new coronavirus infections and variants of concern getting into the UK. 

In response to transport secretary Grant Shapps, crimson listing international locations are “these which shouldn’t be visited besides in essentially the most excessive of circumstances”.

After the most recent Division for Transport announcement on 7 October, as of 4am on Monday 11 October, an extra 47 international locations had been eliminated – together with South Africa, Mexico and Georgia – leaving simply seven remaining.

Right here’s the up to date crimson listing in full:

  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Colombia
  • Panama
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Venezuela

What determines whether or not a rustic is excessive threat?

Because the transfer to make use of quarantine inns is primarily in response to new variants of concern of Covid-19, it’s doubtless {that a} nation might be deemed “excessive threat” if one of many variants of concern has been recognized and is prevalent there.

In addition to the UK’s personal Kent variant, named B.1.1.7, different mutations have been present in South Africa (1.351), Brazil (P.1) and India (B.1.617.2). This final, generally known as the Delta variant, is as much as 60 per cent extra transmissible than the Kent mutation and is already prevalent within the UK. The Beta variant has additionally been recognized as a priority, with France beforehand put into its personal particular “amber plus” class in response to this mutation being detected there. The nation was moved again to the amber listing within the following journey evaluation.

Learn extra: Who pays for resort quarantine and the way lengthy will it final?

In response to the second International Journey Taskforce report, printed on 9 April, the important thing elements in assessing a rustic’s threat issue are its fee of an infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and the progress of its vaccination programme. Reliability of knowledge and genomic sequencing functionality are additionally taken under consideration.

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The place do excessive threat travellers keep and the way do they get there?

A variety of inns have been contracted for the necessary quarantine for all crimson listing arrivals. Bathtub Highway, which runs parallel to the runway at London Heathrow airport, has been dubbed “Isolation Row”.

Travellers are privately “escorted” to their quarantine resort upon arrival.

Fines of as much as £10,000 apply to arrivals who fails to bear the stipulated resort quarantine, whereas individuals who misrepresent their journey historical past on the passenger locator varieties resist 10 years in jail.

Travellers should finance the quarantine themselves, at a price of £2,285 per particular person for these travelling alone, which incorporates 10 days’ (11 nights’) room and board. Extra individuals in the identical resort room pay much less. The second particular person pays solely £1,430, with additional reductions for youngsters aged five-12: £325 every. It’s free for youngsters underneath 5.

How lengthy is quarantine?

The present quarantine for all crimson listing arrivals into the UK is 10 days and 11 nights.

When is the following replace to the crimson listing?

The following announcement is anticipated to happen on or round 28 October.

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