Holidays: Red list of countries with mandatory UK hotel quarantine to expand on Monday

Simon Calder discusses international travel ban

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Red list countries were first announced back in November. The list comprises 35 nations that are banned from entering the UK. Those with residence rights in the UK can enter but must carry out hotel quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.

According to experts’ travel advice, this red list will expand on Monday 29.

Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly spoke at a briefing on the new quarantining system yesterday.

“I fully expect the number of countries will be expanded,” he said.

“We are seeing variants around the world so the public health team are keeping an eye on that and certainly I expect we will be adding to it.

“What we want to do right now is get the system up and running,” he added.

Travel expert Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, concurred.

He announced on Twitter that he understands the red list expansion will be announced on Monday.

“My latest understanding is: 29 March – more countries to join red list,” Charles tweeted.

On March 19, Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia were all added.

However, there is still hope that countries could be removed from the red list.

Mauritius and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) were all taken off last week.

So which are the countries currently on the list?

Red list countries

Angola

Argentina

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ecuador

Eswatini

Ethiopia

French Guiana

Guyana

Lesotho

Malawi

Mozambique

Namibia

Oman

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Qatar

Rwanda

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Suriname

Tanzania

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Uruguay

Venezuela

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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