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Covid travel: Which countries are on the red list?

Which countries are a no-go for travelers? (Picture: Getty)

The government has updated their travel traffic light system, seeing some countries move to different levels based on their current coronavirus rates.

Each foreign country (and island) has been assigned a colour (green, amber or red) – the colours designate whether you’ll need to self-isolate when you return to England.

You will not have to self-isolate upon return from a country on the green list, while if you visit a country on the amber list, you must quarantine at home for 10 days upon arrival back in the UK.

But what are the rules for red countries, and which areas have been assigned this colour?

Here is everything you need to know…

Which countries are on the red travel list?

Many destinations across the globe have been placed on the red list, including popular holiday destinations such as Turkey, the Maldives, Seychelles, South Africa, and Brazil.

Dubai and India are also a no-go for Brits, as United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also on the red list.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be added to the red list from 4am on Tuesday.

For the full red, amber, and green travel lists visit gov.uk.

How does the traffic light system work?

The lists are decided based on the following criteria:

  • The percentage of a country’s population that have been vaccinated
  • The rate of infection
  • The prevalence of variants of concern
  • The country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

The lists will continue to be reviewed every three weeks, meaning that some of the countries featured on the list are subject to change over time.

It is worth noting that the traffic light system only applies to holidaymakers from England – Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are yet to announce their travel plans.

What are the rules for traveling to a red traffic light country?

Travel to and from red list countries is greatly discouraged (Picture: Getty)

Travel to and from red list countries is greatly discouraged and only permitted if you have a legal reason to travel.

Red list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals and UK residents allowed to return to the UK from red-listed countries.

If you are travelling from a red list country back to the UK, you must first:

On arrival in the UK, you must then quarantine in a managed hotel for ten days.

Currently, you can only travel abroad from England if you have a legally permitted reason to do so, and you’ll have to complete a declaration form for international travel.

Travelling without a reasonable excuse could be punished with up to a £5,000 fine.

Examples of reasonable excuses include traveling for work, volunteering, studying, legal obligations, medical reasons, to give assistance to vulnerable person, elite sports, attending a funeral, or going to the wedding or civil partnership of a close family member.

How much will I need to pay for a quarantine hotel?

Medical mask lying on a bed in hotel suite.

Those staying in a managed quarantined hotel are responsible for paying (Picture: Getty)

You will need to agree to book and pay for a quarantine package before you complete your passenger locator form and board your return journey to the UK.

The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and testing.

You should expect to pay the following rates:

  • Rate for one adult in one room for 10 days (11 nights) – £1,750
  • Additional rate for one adult (or child over 11) – £650
  • Additional rate for a child aged five to 11 – £325


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