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UK ‘is to add the US to its red list’ of countries

UK ‘is to add the US to its red list’ of countries – meaning all Americans flying from the States will be BANNED from entering – and Brits returning home will have to spend 10 days quarantined in a hotel

  • British officials will decide if those arriving from US should isolate for 10 days
  • Placing US on UK’s red list would essentially ban all American citizens from entering Britain 
  • British government guidelines mean you cannot enter UK if you have been through a country on the banned travel list in last 10 days

Passengers arriving from the US could soon be added to the UK’s ‘red list’ of countries as officials consider the risk of new variants from the two countries

British officials will this week decide if those arriving from the US should isolate for ten days in one of the 16 quarantine hotels approved by the Government in an effort to stop the mutant variants from spreading. 

Placing the US on the UK’s red list would essentially ban all American citizens from entering Britain. 

British government guidelines mean you cannot enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK 

Spain and the US could be added to the UK’s ‘red list’ of countries as officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consider the safety risks. Pictured: Passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport

Britain has banned flights from all red list countries, so passengers must take connecting flights, mixing with passengers from countries not on the list. 

It comes after analysis carried out by the World Health Organisation found dozens of countries where the highly-infectious South African and Brazilian variants had been found were not on the Government’s high-risk list.

They included Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and the United States.  

The US has seen new mutations of the coronavirus transmitted locally and are close to South America and Portugal – which are both on the Government’s ‘red list’.

A Government source told The Daily Telegraph: ‘The US and Spain are on the list so it means some of the bigger markets will be considered by officials as part of the discussions before being put to ministers. 

‘It will be based on evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).’  

It comes after airports were told this week that the list of high-risk countries would ‘get longer before it got shorter’, The Daily Telegraph reports.  

If the US is added to the UK’s red list, all Brits returning home will have to spend 10 days quarantined in a government-approved hotel at an initial cost of £1,750 ($2,430) under a scheme that came into force on Monday – or face a £10,000 fine ($13,900).

If the US is added to the UK's 'red list' of countries, it will mean that all American arrivals to England must book a quarantine hotel and spend 10 days quarantining. Pictured: A man sits at a window of the Radisson Blu hotel at Heathrow Airport in London on February 17, where travellers are undertaking mandatory hotel quarantine

If the US is added to the UK’s ‘red list’ of countries, it will mean that all American arrivals to England must book a quarantine hotel and spend 10 days quarantining. Pictured: A man sits at a window of the Radisson Blu hotel at Heathrow Airport in London on February 17, where travellers are undertaking mandatory hotel quarantine

Upon arrival, travellers must show Border Force evidence of a negative PCR or antigen test result taken within three days of leaving the previous country. If no proof of a negative test result is provided, travellers could be fined £500 ($695).

Quarantining guests are then tested on days two and eight using PCR tests self-administered in their own rooms. 

They can leave after they have received a negative result and quarantined for 10 days. 

Meanwhile, guests who test positive on the second occasion will have to pay £1,200 ($1,600) to extend their stay for an extra eight nights at £152 ($211) per day.  

What are the rules for entering Britain? 

  • You cannot enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK
  • You must either quarantine where you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days
  • What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive – if you travel in or through a country on the banned travel list within 10 days, you must stay managed quarantine hotel; if not, you can quarantine at home
  • You need to provide your journey and contact details in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK. You must do this by completing the online passenger locator form
  • You’ll need to show proof that you’ve completed the form when you arrive at the UK border as well as proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken three days before departure 
  • You could be fined £500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative coronavirus test
  • You do not need a test if you’re travelling within the UK, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey; from Ireland; from Ascension, Falkland Islands or St Helena; and children under 11 do not need a test 
  • After arriving at a quarantine hotel you will be tested on days two and eight of your stay using a PCR test self-administered in your room
  • In Scotland, arrivals from all international destinations have to quarantine, even if they are not on the red list. 

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