If you are thinking of traveling to the U.K. then you should know that 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 U.K.The U.K. has banned travellers coming from some countries in an effort to cut back on the likelihood of importing new, more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus. It’s possible that as more strains appear, the U.K. may add more destinations to this list of banned countries.If you are from Britain, or Irish, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter but you must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.The hotel quarantine measure applies to all arrivals from travel ban countries and everyone is eligible to pay £1,750 per traveller which includes accommodation, food and drink, testing whilst in quarantine, transport to and from the airport and security.The full list of the 40 banned countries includes; Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India (will be added to the list 4am, Friday 23 April), Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
India will be added to the list 4am, Friday 23 April. If you arrive in the UK from India before 4am Friday 23 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.From 4am Friday 23 April, if you have been in India in the previous 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British, Irish or third-country national with residency rights. You will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.
As of 4 a.m. on 19 March, the U.K. has banned all commercial and private planes travelling from Oman, Somalia, Ethiopia and Qatar. This recent addition joins the existing flight ban on those coming from the United Arab Emirates. As of 19 March, all three Middle Eastern carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, will not be able to transport passengers from their respective hubs to the U.K.
The U.K. now requires that all travellers coming from abroad must have a negative COVID-19 test result in order to board their flight. The eligible test must have been taken no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure. If the passenger arrives in the U.K. without a negative test result, they could be subject to an immediate £500 fine.
All passengers, regardless of their nationality or where they’re coming from, still are required to fill out a passenger locator form before they arrive in the U.K.