On Thursday, November 25, the UK Government reinstated the “Red List” category in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The changes went into effect at 12 pm on Friday, November 26. If a traveler has been in a Red List country in the 10 days before they arrive in England, they are only permitted entry if they are British or Irish Nationals or have residence rights in the UK.
- On Friday, November 26 at 4 am, the following countries were added to the Red List: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
- On Sunday, November 28 at 4 am, the following countries were added to the Red List: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia.
- Before arrival, travelers must take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before traveling, book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests, and complete a passenger locator form.
- On arrival, travelers must quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days and take 2 COVID-19 tests.
- Children ages 11 – 17 must test before traveling.
- Children ages 5 to 17 must quarantine for the full 10 days and take 2 COVID-19 tests.
- Children 4 years old and younger do have to take any travel tests but do have to quarantine.
These policies apply to all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and guidance from government agencies and health advisories change often.
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