The latest review on foreign travel has seen updates to the traffic light system – including more countries added to the “red list” – where holidays are not allowed.
Anyone needing to travel to a country on the red list for essential reasons must quarantine at a government hotel at their own cost for 10 days on return to the UK.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced six new countries are to be added to the ‘red list’ – Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.
He said all measures will continue to be kept under review to protect public health as the top priority.
Red list countries are said to present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern (VOC), known high-risk variants under investigation (VUI) or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of COVID-19.
The updates will take effect from 4am on Wednesday June 30.
Which countries are on the travel red list from June 30?
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
What are the rules on returning from a red list country?
Before travelling to England from a red list country, you must complete a passenger locator form, take a Covid test, and book a quarantine hotel package to include two Covid tests.
On return to the UK you must stay in the managed quarantine hotel, at your own cost of £1750, for 10 days and take two Covid tests while there.