Countries on the UK’s red list: What are the grounds for removing a country from the list?
On Sunday, August 8, international travel rules will be updated once more, with countries shifted between the red, amber, and green lists. So, what does it take to get a country off the blacklist?
With updates to countries under the travel traffic light system for quarantine and testing, the government announced its latest measures toward “cautiously restarting international travel” during the coronavirus outbreak this week. All changes will take effect on Sunday, August 8 at 4 a.m. in England; until then, the current rules will apply.
India, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates will be transferred from the red to the amber list this week.
Because “the situation in these nations has improved,” the government claimed, data “will be kept under review, and the Government will not hesitate to take measures where a country’s epidemiological picture changes.”
Each list has been assigned destinations based on a variety of Covid-19 health criteria, including as vaccination rates, infection rates, and variation prevalence.
“All classification changes have been decided by ministers, informed by the latest data and analysis by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, as well as wider public health considerations, to help the public understand the risks to public health associated with travel to different destinations,” the government said.
The actual data utilized to make these determinations, however, is not made public.
“Further countries have been added to the red list to help protect the success of our vaccination deployment from the threat of new variants,” said Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid.
The cost of hotel quarantine is going to rise, adding to the hardships of anyone wanting to travel or return to the UK from a red list nation.
“To ensure that taxpayers are not subsidizing the rising costs of staying in these institutions, the cost will increase on Thursday, August 12,” the government announced.
“Alternative payment arrangements are still available for individuals who truly cannot afford to pay, and rates for children under the age of 12 remain unchanged.”
Here is a complete list of which countries are on the red, amber, and green lists.
When returning from a nation on the green list, you must undergo a Covid test and show documentation of a negative result before departing.
You should also schedule a second exam for the following day. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”