Authorities within the UK have banned arrivals from quite a lot of South American international locations as fears develop over a brand new pressure of Covid-19.
Passengers who’ve been in or transited by Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, French Guiana, Uruguay and Venezuela up to now ten days will likely be barred from entry.
Cape Verde and Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores) will face related restrictions.
The brand new guidelines got here into place this morning.
Nonetheless, the modifications don’t embrace British and Irish nationals, or third nation nationals with residence rights within the UK.
These teams will have the ability to enter the UK, however are required to self-isolate for ten days on arrival together with their family.
There will even be a flight ban on any international locations with direct flights to the UK.
These are Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores).
This excludes cargo and freight with out passengers.
The choice to ban journey from these locations follows the invention of a brand new coronavirus variant first recognized in Brazil, that will have unfold to international locations with robust journey hyperlinks to the nation.
Any exemptions often in place – together with for these associated to employment – won’t apply, though hauliers who’ve been in or transited by Portugal (solely) within the final ten days will likely be exempt to permit transport of important items.
From Monday passengers from all locations world wide will even be required to current a damaging Covid-19 check end result earlier than travelling to England, to assist shield towards new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally and to determine those that could at the moment be infectious.
Latin American Journey Affiliation
Danny Callaghan, chief govt of the Latin American Journey Affiliation (LATA), mentioned the information was worrying for the native tourism sector.
“LATA is conscious of stories of a brand new Covid-19 variant that has manifested in particular areas of Brazil ensuing within the UK resolution to implement a flight ban from Brazil and the entire of South America.
“At LATA, we admire that this a quickly evolving situation and perceive the choice to impose a brief ban while the state of affairs is being assessed.
“That mentioned, it’s vital that this journey ban is reviewed on an ongoing foundation topic to the epidemiological state of affairs and the related dangers and never simply forgotten about or kicked down the street endlessly.”
He added: “At LATA, we’re dedicated to lobbying for a test-and-release mannequin to allow journey to restart in a secure means.
“This mannequin was applied for lorry drivers caught in Dover previous to the Christmas interval.
“If it really works for a lorry driver, it will possibly work for vacationers!”