The Minister of Health has announced new rules for stays in hotel quarantine in England. 33 Red List countries are involved in the government’s plans.
Britons returning to the UK from these international destinations are required by law to quarantine at least 10 days in a given hotel.
The 33 countries on the list were selected based on the risk of Covid-19 variants in South Africa and Brazil.
The new rules come into effect on February 15th and provide for travelers to be taken directly from the airport to the designated hotel to spend the time of self-isolation.
Travelers must pay for their own stay, up to a cost of £ 1,750.
It’s not just the UK’s plan – similar hotels already exist in Australia and New Zealand, escorting travelers from airports to hotels where they need to stay in her room for the full self-isolation period, reports MirrorOnline.
Arrivals in the UK must be quarantined regardless of their destination.
Travel corridors have been temporarily closed, meaning anyone coming to the UK must be quarantined for 10 days. However, if he arrives from a country that is not on the “red list”, he can quarantine at home.
New rules also mean that anyone coming to the UK from abroad must have proof of a negative Covid-19 result within 72 hours of leaving. This now also includes two tests on the second and eighth day of the 10-day quarantine.
We have a more detailed guide that explains All new rules for quarantine hotels including penalties for rule violations.
Which countries are included in the quarantine hotel policy? We take a look at the full list below …
Full list of countries included in the Quarantine Hotels Policy
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The above list is subject to change. We will keep this page updated as changes are made.
At the time of writing, it is illegal for British people to travel abroad for leisure under national bans in England, Scotland and Wales. There are a handful of exceptions, but a vacation is not one of them. You can find out more in the Travel advice from the Federal Foreign Office.