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Arrivals to the UK from South America banned

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A ban on arrivals from South America as well as Portugal will be implemented tomorrow following concern over a new Brazilian variant of coronavirus.

The secretary of state for transport, Grant Shapps, has announced a ban on arrivals from South America, including:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuala.

The UK-inbound travel ban takes effect from 4am Friday 15 January and comes after concerns have been sparked over a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil.

Shapps added that travel from Portugal to the UK will also be suspended “given its strong travel links with Brazil”.

Hauliers travelling from Portugal are exempt to allow the transport of essential goods.

It also doesn’t apply to British and Irish nationals and foreign nationals with residence rights.

However, Shapps said passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 days along with their households.

The travel ban comes after the government confirmed arrivals will need to show a negative test before entering the UK in a bid to protect against the new strains circulating internationally.

This measure takes effect from 4am on Monday 18 January.

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