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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:

  • Argentina
  • Azores
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Madeira
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

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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Bee has more than 18 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law and has been advising businesses that have been expanding into the UK or growing their UK presence or workforce.