UK Immigration News Alert – 20 April 2021

On Friday 23 April 2021 the UK's 'Red List' is being extended to include India. The list will therefore include the following countries:

  • Angola

  • Argentina

  • Bangladesh

  • Bolivia

  • Botswana

  • Brazil

  • Burundi

  • Cape Verde

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Ecuador

  • Eswatini

  • Ethiopia

  • French Guiana

  • Guyana

  • India (will be added to the list 4am, Friday 23 April)

  • Kenya

  • Lesotho

  • Malawi

  • Mozambique

  • Namibia

  • Oman

  • Pakistan

  • Panama

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Philippines

  • Qatar

  • Rwanda

  • Seychelles

  • Somalia

  • South Africa

  • Suriname

  • Tanzania

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • Uruguay

  • Venezuela

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

What this means for those travelling into the UK:

  • managed isolation in hotels: this is for British nationals, Irish nationals and UK residents arriving on or after 15 February 2021 from ‘red list’ countries where the UK government has imposed international travel bans - they are required to isolate, at their own personal cost (£1,750 per adult, £650 for each additional adult/child over 12 plus £325 for a child aged 5 - 12 years), for 10 days without exception (for instance they will not have the option to reduce their isolation period with a negative COVID test) - for more detailed and up-to-date guidance, please head to:

  • refusing entry: non-British or Irish passengers who have been in or transited through red list countries in the last 10 days will no longer be granted access to the UK

  • entering the UK: passengers arriving in the UK need to provide evidence of a negative pre-departure Covid test - there is also the requirement for people arriving from abroad to self-isolate on arrival, and the requirement to complete a passenger locator form, with fines for those who fail to comply

  • exemptions: any travel exemptions usually in place, including for business travel, will not apply

  • police checks: police are carrying out more physical checks at addresses to make sure people are self-isolating

For those travelling out of the UK

  • declaring reason for travel: anyone who does not have a valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may face a fine - the reason for travel will be checked

  • increased police enforcement: there will be an increased police presence at ports and airports, fining those in breach of the stay at home regulations - anyone without valid reason for travel will be directed to return home and may face a fine

  • reviewing travel exemptions: the list of travel exemptions will be urgently reviewed so that only the most important and exceptional reasons are included

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