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Which countries are on the UK’s red list?

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From 17 Might, worldwide journey was given the official go-ahead in Britain by the World Journey Taskforce, topic to a site visitors gentle system.

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Since then, the “crimson checklist” of highest-risk locations has fluctuated, nevertheless it now stands at zero locations after the most recent authorities shake-up, introduced on 28 October.

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

The crimson checklist was dramatically slashed, with 47 international locations eliminated, leaving simply seven. From 4am on 1 November, the “crimson checklist” stays in identify solely, as all nations have been eliminated and bumped as much as the ROW checklist.

Nonetheless, the crimson grading will nonetheless stay, with updates persevering with each three weeks – if extra variants of concern are recognized, international locations might doubtlessly be shunted again down.

“We’ll preserve the crimson checklist class in place as a precautionary measure to guard public well being and are ready so as to add international locations and territories again if wanted, because the UK’s first line of defence,” tweeted the transport secretary, Grant Shapps.

Which international locations are on the crimson checklist?

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

In keeping with transport secretary Grant Shapps, crimson checklist international locations are “these which shouldn’t be visited besides in probably the most excessive of circumstances”.

After the most recent Division for Transport announcement, as of 4am on Monday 1 November, the crimson checklist has been emptied out, with all international locations now on the ROW checklist.

Nonetheless, the crimson checklist will stay in idea; critiques to the lists will proceed to be undertaken each three weeks.

What determines whether or not a rustic is excessive danger?

Because the transfer to make use of quarantine resorts is primarily in response to new variants of concern of Covid-19, it’s possible {that a} nation will probably be deemed “excessive danger” 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, often called 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 checklist within the following journey overview.

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

In keeping with the second World Journey Taskforce report, revealed on 9 April, the important thing elements in assessing a rustic’s danger issue are its charge of an infection, the prevalence of variants of concern and the progress of its vaccination programme. Reliability of information and genomic sequencing functionality are additionally taken under consideration.

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

Plenty of resorts have been contracted for the obligatory quarantine for all crimson checklist 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 lodge upon arrival.

Fines of as much as £10,000 apply to arrivals who fails to bear the stipulated lodge 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 value of £2,285 per particular person for these travelling alone, which incorporates 10 days’ (11 nights’) room and board. Further folks in the identical lodge room pay much less. The second particular person pays solely £1,430, with additional reductions for kids aged five-12: £325 every. It’s free for kids below 5.

How lengthy is quarantine?

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

When is the following replace to the crimson checklist?

The subsequent announcement is anticipated to happen on or round 18 November.

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