UK introduces travel ban on flights arriving from South America and Portugal

UK introduces travel ban on flights arriving from South America and Portugal

The Department for Transport has announced the decision to ban travel to the UK from 16 countries including South (and Central) American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde following the spread of a new strain of coronavirus (COVID–19) initially identified in Brazil. The new travel restriction will apply from 4am Friday 15 January 2021. British, Irish and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK who arrive in the UK past 4am from these destinations, or have transited through them in the last ten days, are required to immediately self-isolate along with their household.

The government has introduced a flight ban on ‘any countries with direct flights to the UK’ to reduce the rate of transmission of the new variant that may have spread to countries with ‘strong travel links to Brazil’. There are no exemptions to this ban besides flights which ‘carry cargo and freight without passengers’.

Passengers from all destinations must present a negative coronavirus test result before travelling to England from Monday 18 January at 4am onwards.

Source: Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant

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