The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s ‘crimson record’ in a transfer the federal government argues will shield the nation towards new variants of Covid-19.
Officers mentioned the choice got here at a crucial time for the vaccine programme.
With over 30 million vaccinations delivered within the UK to date, the extra restrictions will assist to scale back the danger of recent variants – akin to these first recognized in South Africa and Brazil – coming into England, the federal government hopes.
To date, surveillance has discovered that few instances of the South Africa variant have been recognized as being imported from Europe, with most coming from different elements of the world.
From 04:00 on April ninth, worldwide guests who’ve departed from or transited by way of Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh within the earlier ten days might be refused entry into England.
Solely British and Irish residents, or these with residence rights within the UK (together with long-term visa holders), might be allowed to enter they usually should keep in a government-approved quarantine facility for ten days.
They may even be required to reach into a delegated port.
No direct flight bans from these international locations might be put in place, however passengers are suggested to examine their journey plans earlier than departing for England.
Throughout their keep, passengers might be required to take a coronavirus check on or earlier than day two and on or after day eight, and they won’t be allowed to shorten their quarantine interval on receipt of a destructive check outcome.
They may even not be capable to finish their managed quarantine early by way of the Check to Launch scheme.
British nationals at present within the international locations on the red list ought to make use of the business choices obtainable in the event that they want to return to England.
Industrial routes that may allow British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England proceed to function.