Which countries are on the UK’s red list?


From 4am on Wednesday September 22, eight countries were removed from the travel red-list, including holiday favourite Turkey. Other countries to come off the list included the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Egypt, Oman, Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

A number of popular destinations remain on the red list, including South Africa and the Seychelles. Vast swathes of Africa remain red, as does the entirety of Latin America.

Those returning from the red list countries must still pay up to £2,285 to spend that time in a quarantine hotel. However, reports suggest those in financial hardship may be able to avoid the large fee. A Government statement confirmed: “Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay.”

Since February 15, arrivals who try to cover up their arrival from a red list country also face jail sentences of up to 10 years, whilst anyone who tries to avoid mandatory hotel quarantine will face fines of up to £10,000.

A fine also enforces the testing system. Travellers arriving from any country could be fined £500 if they do not have a valid test result.

red list countries UK arrivals foreign holiday travel face mandatory hotel quarantine

Brazil is on the list

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The 54 hotel quarantine red list countries

  1. South Africa
  2. DR Congo
  3. Tanzania
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Botswana
  6. Eswatini
  7. Zambia
  8. Malawi
  9. Namibia
  10. Lesotho
  11. Mozambique
  12. Angola
  13. Rwanda
  14. Burundi
  15. Somalia
  16. Ethiopia
  17. Seychelles
  18. Panama
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Argentina
  21. Brazil
  22. Bolivia
  23. Chile
  24. Colombia
  25. Ecuador
  26. French Guiana
  27. Guyana
  28. Paraguay
  29. Peru
  30. Suriname
  31. Uruguay
  32. Venezuela
  33. The Philippines
  34. Nepal
  35. Afghanistan
  36. Costa Rica
  37. Sudan
  38. Trinidad and Tobago
  39. Mexico
  40. Uganda
  41. Tunisia
  42. Eritrea
  43. Haiti
  44. Dominican Republic
  45. Mongolia
  46. Cuba
  47. Indonesia
  48. Myanmar
  49. Sierra Leone
  50. Georgia
  51. Réunion
  52. Mayotte
  53. Thailand
  54. Montenegro

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