Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola have been added to the journey crimson checklist for arrivals into England as fears over a brand new variant of Covid-19 develop.
They be part of a number of African international locations on the checklist, together with South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Because of the choice, British and Irish residents, or these with residence rights, arriving to England from international locations on the crimson checklist should e book a managed quarantine resort prematurely.
The bundle will embrace a the nights in a resort, quarantine transport and a check bundle for Covid-19 on day two and day two of quarantine.
Prime minister Boris Johnson additionally confirmed earlier all arrivals within the UK would wish to bear a PCR check as authorities search to sluggish the unfold of the Omicron variant.
Two circumstances of the variant have already been recognized in Essex and Nottingham.
Focused testing and speak to tracing is now underway, the federal government mentioned.
Early indications counsel this variant could also be extra transmissible than the Delta variant and present vaccines could also be much less efficient in opposition to it.
A speedy rise in infections in South Africa has been attributed to the unfold of this new variant of Covid-19.
Rory Boland, Which? Journey editor, mentioned the scenario remained fluid: “This information is an additional reminder that journey isn’t again to regular, and that the pandemic will proceed to throw travellers’ plans into jeopardy, usually at brief discover.
“All flights are suspended to those 4 international locations, so passengers shall be entitled to a refund for his or her vacation or flight, as long as they booked with a UK or EU provider, or with any provider as a consequence of depart from the UK or EU.
“Nevertheless, getting refunded for the price of lodging shall be trickier, and can rely on the property’s coverage.”
He added: “In case your journey is a number of weeks or months away, travellers ought to at this stage do nothing because the scenario might change.
“These reserving a visit ought to achieve this by way of vacation suppliers with good, versatile reserving insurance policies in case it can’t go forward.”