Author: Fionnula Hainey
All of the ‘red list’ countries from where you will need to quarantine in a hotel on arrival in the UK
Travellers entering the UK from one of 33 ‘red list’ countries face strict new quarantine rules from Monday.
The UK has banned arrivals from ‘red list’ countries, unless they fall under once of the limited exemptions.
Only British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, are permitted entry.
Under current rules, they must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival – but from Monday (February 15), they will be required to do so in a designated quarantine hotel.
Those who cannot be turned away at the border will be met at the airport and transported straight into a quarantine facility.
The 10-day stay must be booked online in advance and will cost the traveller a total of £1,750.
The list of countries is made up of those considered to be at high risk of transmitting new variants.
The 33 countries on the UK’s ‘red list’ are:
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Setting out the new rules in the House of Commons this afternoon, health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs: “We’re setting up a new system of hotel quarantine for UK and Irish residents who’ve been in red list countries in the last 10 days.
“In short, this means that any returning residents from these countries will have to quarantine in an assigned hotel room for 10 days from the time of arrival.
“Before they travel, they’ll have to book through an online platform and pay for a quarantine package costing £1,750 for an individual travelling alone which includes the hotel, transport and testing.
“This booking system will go live on Thursday when we’ll also publish the full detailed guidance.
“Passengers will only be able to enter the UK through a small number of ports that currently account for the vast majority of passenger arrivals.
“When they arrive, they’ll be escorted to a designated hotel which will be closed to guests who aren’t quarantining, for 10 days or for longer if they test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.
“We’ve contracted 16 hotels for an initial 4,600 rooms and we will secure more as they are needed.
“People will need to remain in their rooms and of course will not be allowed to mix with other guests and there will be visible security in place to ensure compliance alongside necessary support, so even as we protect public health we can look after the people in our care.”
Anyone who attempts to conceal that they have been in in a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days before arrival faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years, Mr Hancock added.
He also confirmed a new testing regime for all international travellers, with two tests required during the quarantine process from Monday.
This will be required for those self-isolating at home as well as those in a quarantine hotel.