The United Kingdom’s authorities have removed all the remaining countries from its red list of countries that included territories considered highly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains and have also ended the mandatory hotel quarantine.
According to the announcement published by the United Kingdom’s government, all persons returning from the following countries will no longer be obliged to follow hotel quarantine requirements Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, VisaGuide.World reports.
In this regard, Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid has stressed that “now there is community transmission of Omicron in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world the travel red list is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad.”
“Whilst we’ll maintain our temporary testing measures for international travel, we will be removing all 11 countries from the travel red list effective from 4 am tomorrow morning,” Javid pointed out in this regard.
However, the government has stressed that pre-departure tests and PCR testing measures on or before day two of their arrival remain in place.
In addition, the government has also emphasized that fully immunized passengers reaching Britain will also be obliged to take a PCR test on or before day two of their arrival and follow compulsory quarantine requirements until they receive a negative result of the COVID-19 test.
Travelers who have not completed their immunization process against the virus are required to take a pre-departure test, a PCR test on the second and eighth day, and remain self-isolated for ten days. Persons who wish to shorten their self-isolation period can still undergo another COVID-19 test.
According to authorities in the United Kingdom, these preventive measures are vital in order to help prevent another increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, especially from the Omicron variant, and also help the government to monitor the risk that international travelers may pose.
The government has also stressed that authorities in the UK will review again the measures such as testing and quarantine requirements for arrivals from the red list on January 5.
According to the figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 10,932,549 people have contracted the Coronavirus in the United Kingdom since the start of the pandemic, while 146,627 people have died during the same period.
WHO figures reveal that in the last seven days, the UK has registered over 372,204 cases of infections and 801 deaths as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains.
The UK’s government has stressed that it will take all the necessary measures in order to stop the further spread of the virus and its new variants.