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On Saturday Health Secretary Matt Hancock appeared on television to declare a “new stain” of COVID-19 “out of control”. Not only did this prompt a new strict tier 4 slammed into action in London, devastating the Christmas plans of thousands, it also saw countries around the world suddenly banning travel with the UK.
The Caribbean is now following suit as the latest region to “shut down” to UK arrivals.
Jamaica was the first nations to close its borders to British arrivals, swiftly followed by Grenada and the Dominican Republic.
With many of these nations on the UK travel corridor list, it could mean more cancelled plans for those who had hoped to enjoy some winter respite away from the cold.
What’s more, holidaymakers already on their way will now face an unexpected quarantine on arrival.
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Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Agency, tweeted: “#Jamaica becomes the first #Caribbean island to ban #UK flights, until 4th January.
“But three flights are arriving before the ban comes into force Tuesday evening and passengers will have to quarantine on arrival.”
There are growing concerns more nations will follow suit.
Mr Charles continued: “The #Caribbean – which has mostly weathered #Covid well – is now shutting down to #UK travellers.
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“#Jamaica #Grenada and #DominicanRepublic closed from tonight to #UK flights. How soon before #Barbados #Antigua and others follow?”
Given the proximity of the US to the Caribbean, there may be concerns over whether Donald Trump will make the decision to cut the UK off too, as fears reach that side of the world.
US assistant health secretary Brett Giroir said nothing had yet been decided on any travel ban.
However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has urged the government to take “swift action” to prevent the new variation entering the US.
So far the US has seen more than 300,000 deaths.
“It’s high time the federal government takes swift action, because today that variant is getting on a plane and landing in JFK, and all it takes is one person,” he said.
British Airways is currently flying between London Heathrow and JFK International Airport in New York.
The airline says it is only carrying passengers who provide negative coronavirus tests.
At the time of writing, more than 40 countries have banned travellers from the UK.
Others have tightened restrictions on UK arrivals.
Nations banning British travellers following countries have issued a travel ban for flights arriving from the UK:
- Hong Kong
- The Netherlands
- El Salvador
- Saudi Arabia
- Dominican Republic
The Czech Republic and Greece are enforcing stricter quarantine rules on UK travellers, but not issuing a full ban.
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