The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s ‘pink checklist’ in a transfer the federal government argues will shield the nation in opposition to new variants of Covid-19.
Officers mentioned the choice got here at a essential time for the vaccine programme.
With over 30 million vaccinations delivered within the UK to this point, the extra restrictions will assist to cut back the chance of latest variants – similar to these first recognized in South Africa and Brazil – getting into England, the federal government hopes.
Up to now, surveillance has discovered that few circumstances of the South Africa variant have been recognized as being imported from Europe, with most coming from different components of the world.
From 04:00 on April ninth, worldwide guests who’ve departed from or transited by means of Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh within the earlier ten days shall be refused entry into England.
Solely British and Irish residents, or these with residence rights within the UK (together with long-term visa holders), shall be allowed to enter they usually should keep in a government-approved quarantine facility for ten days.
They may also be required to reach into a chosen port.
No direct flight bans from these international locations shall be put in place, however passengers are suggested to examine their journey plans earlier than departing for England.
Throughout their keep, passengers shall be required to take a coronavirus take a look at on or earlier than day two and on or after day eight, and they won’t be allowed to shorten their quarantine interval on receipt of a adverse take a look at end result.
They may also not have the ability to finish their managed quarantine early by means of the Take a look at to Launch scheme.
British nationals presently within the international locations on the pink checklist ought to make use of the industrial choices accessible in the event that they want to return to England.
Industrial routes that can allow British and Irish nationals and residents to return to England proceed to function.