COVID-19: All countries on red list to be removed and travellers allowed to leave hotel quarantine early

The 11 countries currently on the red list are: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Alix Culbertson | SKY News |

All 11 countries on the UK’s travel red list will be removed as the system has become “less effective in slowing the incursion” of the Omicron variant, the health secretary has announced.

Sajid Javid told the House of Commons that the nations will be removed from 4am on Wednesday, so arrivals will no longer have to isolate in a government-approved quarantine hotel for two weeks at the cost of £2,285.

The 11 countries currently on the red list are: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Temporary testing measures for everyone arriving in the UK from overseas will remain for now.

It was later confirmed that those currently in hotel quarantine will be allowed to leave early, as long as they don’t test positive for COVID.

Cabinet minister Stephen Barclay, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, told the Commons: “The government’s decision is that we should permit early release of those people who went to managed quarantine before these changes to the red list.

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