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New UK travel restrictions announced this week

On 27th January, the UK Government announced several new restrictions for travel to and from the UK. These include more banned countries, designated quarantine hotels and enhanced enforcement against non-essential travel.

Here’s what you need to know.


People who have been in, or transited through, the countries listed below in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK.

However, this does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK – who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival (along with their household).

In addition, travellers will not be able to use the Test to Release scheme.

Here is the current list of countries on the banned list:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Travellers who are allowed to enter the UK from these countries, will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Arrivals will be escorted from the airport and transported directly into quarantine. Further details on the hotel quarantine policy, including implementation date, will be announced next week.

The hotel stay will be at the traveller’s own expense and applies to arrivals from the countries listed above. Any subsequent changes to the list will be updated on the Government Website.

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Travellers from the UK will also be required to declare their reason for travel and prove it is essential.

These declarations will be checked by airline carriers and there is likely to be increased police presence at airports and ports.

The same reasons for domestic travel now apply to international travel, including:

  • Work that cannot be done from home
  • Medical appointments
  • Educational grounds

The list of job roles exempt from restrictions is also being reviewed, with further changes anticipated next week.


MIDAS Travel consultants advise all our travellers and bookers on any changes affecting their trips.

Should MIDAS clients wish to find out more, please contact your travel team. For any other enquiries, get in touch.