Travellers from South Africa can be barred from entry to the UK as fears develop over a brand new variant of Covid-19 linked to the nation.
Individuals who have been in or transited via South Africa within the final ten days are now not allowed into the UK.
The brand new rule doesn’t apply to British and Irish nationals – however they must self-isolate.
The variant was present in London and north-west England, each in contacts of people that had been in South Africa.
The division for transport stated the ban displays the “elevated threat” from the brand new variant, however can be saved underneath assessment.
Anybody required to quarantine will want to take action for ten days, together with members of their family.
UK visa holders and everlasting residents arriving from South Africa is not going to be affected – however they may also must self-isolate.
The federal government had already ordered anybody within the UK who has travelled to South Africa previously fortnight, and anybody they’ve been in touch with, to quarantine instantly, together with their households.
The journey ban got here into impact at 09:00 GMT on Christmas Eve, after the federal government introduced six million extra individuals in England have been being moved into the best tier 4 restrictions on December 26th.