UK Covid travel: Which countries are on the red list?

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The red list has been reduced to seven countries in the latest travel review.

There were 47 countries removed from the red list in a huge shake-up to the travel system.

Countries axed from the list included South Africa, Brazil and Mexico.

The latest changes were brought in on Monday what Transport Secretary Grant Shapps hailed as the “next step” in reopening travel.

Travellers on their return to the UK from a red list country, travellers must stay in a government-supervised hotel.

People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations.

At the end of October, holidaymakers will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test.

How does the traffic light system work?

Red: Those returning from red list countries must stay in a managed quarantine hotel for ten days which they should book before their trip. Travellers must complete pre-departure testing and PCR testing on day two and day eight.

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Ibiza (PA)

What countries are currently on the Red list?





Dominican Republic



What is a quarantine hotel and how much does it cost?

Holidaymakers who have travelled from or passed through a red list country must self-isolate in government-approved quarantine hotel.

It was a measure brought in to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and potentially harmful variants into the UK.

Travellers must complete ten days of quarantine which begins at 0.01am on the first day after arrival.

A Covid test must be taken on day two and day eight. Guests are permitted to leave the hotel after completing ten full days provided they test negative for the virus.

Transport is provided from the airport to the hotel and passengers who have parked at the airport will need to extend their parking period.

Full board is provided as part of the quarantine package including three daily meals, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water.

Travellers must pay £1,750 for their stay, with an additional rate of £650 for children over 12 and £325 for children between five and 12-years-old.

From August 12, the cost for solo travellers in a quarantine hotel in England went up to £2,285 under new government rules.

There is no additional cost for children under five.

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