THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The UK government has announced that from 4am on January 15, passengers from destinations across South America will be banned from entering the UK, as evidence emergences of a new, more virulent strain of coronavirus with links to Brazil.
The announcement, made earlier this evening by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, means that individuals who have been in or transited through South America will be unable to enter the UK. Affected countries include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. A ban has also been placed on entry for passengers who have been in or transited through Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores.
British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residency rights in the UK, will still be able to travel from these destinations, however they will be required to undertake a 10 day quarantine on arrival.
Travel from South America is also likely to be difficult, as direct passenger flights from the continent will be halted, affecting travelers in Brazil, Argentina and Cape Verde. Direct passenger flights from mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores will also cease. Cargo only planes will be permitted to continue their journeys.
For full details on this latest ban, go to www.gov.uk/government/news/travel-from-south-american-destinations-portugal-panama-and-cape-verde-banned-to-prevent-spread-of-new-variant. For details on other restrictions on UK travel, go to www.theamerican.co.uk/pr/ne-Covid-19-Test-Requirements-US-UK