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Red list countries: Which countries are banned from entering UK? When will ban be lifted?


On Friday, the government announced that the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh would join 35 other countries on the “red list” of nations banned from entering the UK. The bans come amid attempts to prevent new and potentially vaccine-resistant strains of coronavirus from entering the UK.

Which countries are on the red list?

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh (will be added to the list 4am Friday 9 April)
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana

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If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter, but you’ll have to pay to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

In England, this costs £1,750 per passenger travelling alone, to cover transport, tests, food and accommodation.

Every additional adult, or child over 12, must pay £650, while children aged five to 12 pay £325.

You must also have proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter the UK.

When will the ban be lifted?

The earliest date people from England will be able to travel abroad for a holiday is May 17, when the government hopes to move to step three of its lockdown exit plan.

However, it is not expected that things will just fully open up on that date.

On Monday, Boris Johnson is expected to outline the tests the government will use to determine whether foreign travel will be able to resume this summer.

A government source said the Prime Minister would continue to be “pretty tough on borders” for the time being.

Ministers are known to be considering a “traffic light” system for opening travel.

Under this system, the toughest quarantine and testing restrictions would be applied to red list countries, while quarantine-free travel could potentially be opened up to “green” countries.

Countries on red lists could be those with low levels of vaccinations and prevalence of variants of concerns.

Those on the green list could be those with successful and widespread vaccination programmes, such as the US and Israel.


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