Author: STEVEN WHITE
Many countries are starting to tighten their entry restrictions in the wake of the Omicron variant.
The World Health Organisation has classes this Omicron a ‘Variant of Concern’ because of the number of mutations it has.
At the time of writing, the UK has brought back PCR testing for people arriving in the country, including through Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and has also banned travel from 10 southern African countries, including South Africa where Omicron was reportedly first recorded.
LancsLive reports that anyone arriving from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia will now have to pay £2,235 to quarantine at a government-managed hotel for 10 days.
Countries that could be added to the UK’s ‘red’ list
Below is the list of countries that could be added to the ‘red’ list, with the UK based on the number of Omicron variants recorded (in brackets)
Hong Kong (2)
Czech Republic (1)