Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh and the Philippines have been added to England’s coronavirus “red list”.
This will take effect from 4am on Friday, 9 April, is in response to concerns about new variants of COVID-19, like those first detected in South Africa and Brazil.
It means international visitors who have departed from or transited through those nations in the previous 10 days will be barred from entering.
British and Irish citizens and those with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter, but will have to arrive at a designated port and then pay to stay in a government-approved quarantine hotel for 10 days.
Once in quarantine, they will have to take a COVID test on the second and eighth days of their self-isolation.
Flights arriving from the four countries will not be banned, with British and Irish nationals and UK residents advised to use commercial routes if they wish to return.
The additions mean a total of 39 countries are now on the “red list”. They are:
• Cape Verde
• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• French Guiana
• The Philippines
• South Africa
• United Arab Emirates
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