Countries from which entry to the UK is banned - 'red list' countries.
Red list travel ban countries
If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.
If you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK, you will be able to enter. You must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Updates to the list
Any upcoming updates to list and updates that happened within the last 10 days.
Countries added to the list
Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Philippines added to the list 4am Friday 9 April.
If you arrived in the UK from these countries before 4am Friday 9 April, you must self-isolate for 10 days in the place you’re staying and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8. You are eligible for the Test to Release scheme.
Some people are are exempt from the red list restrictions because of the work they are doing.
Find out about which jobs are exempt and the conditions that apply.
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Test to Release scheme
You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
Coronavirus testing before travel to the UK
You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to enter the UK. Read about:
- coronavirus testing for people travelling to England
- coronavirus testing for people travelling to Northern Ireland
- coronavirus testing for people travelling to Scotland
- coronavirus testing for people travelling to Wales
Coronavirus testing and quarantine on arrival in the UK
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