Travel from South America and Portugal now banned
15th January 2021
Air travel from a number of South American countries including Portugal is banned from entering the UK amid growing fears of a new variant of Covid-19. This ruling comes into force immediately following the government announcement yesterday. The new ruling is being brought in because of concerns about the new Brazilian coronavirus variant and comes into force immediately. The ban applies to people who have travelled from, or through, these countries in the 10 days before their departure for the UK:
- Cape Verde
- French Guiana
British, Irish nationals and travellers with UK residence rights, will be able to fly home. They will be required to self-isolate for 10 days..
Additional entry requirements
From now on, travellers intending to enter the UK will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result. This test should be taken up to three days before departure. The FCDO has commented that failure to do so will result in the “airline or carrier refusing you the right to board and you may be fined on arrival”.
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