Authorities within the UK have banned arrivals from a variety of South American nations as fears develop over a brand new pressure of Covid-19.
Passengers who’ve been in or transited by Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, French Guiana, Uruguay and Venezuela prior to now ten days will probably be barred from entry.
Cape Verde and Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores) will face related restrictions.
The brand new guidelines got here into place this morning.
Nonetheless, the adjustments don’t embrace British and Irish nationals, or third nation nationals with residence rights within the UK.
These teams will be capable of enter the UK, however are required to self-isolate for ten days on arrival together with their family.
There may even be a flight ban on any nations with direct flights to the UK.
These are Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal (together with Madeira and the Azores).
This excludes cargo and freight with out passengers.
The choice to ban journey from these locations follows the invention of a brand new coronavirus variant first recognized in Brazil, that will have unfold to nations with sturdy journey hyperlinks to the nation.
Any exemptions often in place – together with for these associated to employment – is not going to apply, though hauliers who’ve been in or transited by Portugal (solely) within the final ten days will probably be exempt to permit transport of important items.
From Monday passengers from all locations world wide may even be required to current a damaging Covid-19 check outcome earlier than travelling to England, to assist shield in opposition to new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally and to establish those that could at the moment be infectious.
Latin American Journey Affiliation
Danny Callaghan, chief govt of the Latin American Journey Affiliation (LATA), stated the information was worrying for the native tourism sector.
“LATA is conscious of stories of a brand new Covid-19 variant that has manifested in particular areas of Brazil ensuing within the UK determination to implement a flight ban from Brazil and the entire of South America.
“At LATA, we respect that this a quickly evolving state of affairs and perceive the choice to impose a short lived ban while the scenario is being assessed.
“That stated, it’s important that this journey ban is reviewed on an ongoing foundation topic to the epidemiological scenario and the related dangers and never simply forgotten about or kicked down the highway endlessly.”
He added: “At LATA, we’re dedicated to lobbying for a test-and-release mannequin to allow journey to restart in a secure manner.
“This mannequin was carried out for lorry drivers caught in Dover previous to the Christmas interval.
“If it really works for a lorry driver, it may well work for vacationers!”