The UK’s ‘red list’ is a list of countries where travel is banned from the UK, and if a person has been in or through any of the countries in the previous 10 days, they will be refused entry to the UK.
It has been announced that many travellers from India will soon be stopped from being allowed to enter the UK, as it has been added to the ‘red list’. These rules will come into force from 04:00 on Friday 23rd April due to concern about the spread of a new Covid-19 variant.
According to the BBC, these changes now mean there are 40 countries on the UK government’s red list of countries from which travel is banned. These include:
- Middle East: Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- Africa: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, India (from 04:00 Friday 23 April)
- South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
The UK government can add countries to the ‘red list’ with just a few hours’ notice, so it has been advised not to plan any travel at the moment.
According to Travel Weekly, MPs have urged the government to detail which countries will be open for international travel by 1st May as the Prime Minister’s planned roadmap for the resumption of foreign trips from the 17th May would be in “jeopardy”.
This warning from MPs comes after critical analysis of the government’s Global Travel Task Force (GTTF) report by the cross-party transport committee. The GTTF “sets out a framework without the detail required to restart international travel”.
The transport committee’s findings came as media reports indicate that Covid-19 passports are being considered for use from 17th May. It is being argued that the report is a “missed opportunity” for the government to capitalise on the UK’s world-leading ‘vaccine dividend’.
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