United States has been officially added to the British ‘red list’ of countries for quarantine of the corona virus
The US is officially added to the ‘red list’ of countries in Britain, meaning all newcomers must be quarantined for 14 days
- As of July 10, Britain will relax quarantine regulations for about 50 countries
- The United States is marked with ‘red’ on the traffic light system, which means quarantine
- Brazil, Mexico and Sweden are also ‘red’ on the British list
- Flights are still flying between ‘red’ countries, but a 14-day quarantine is ordered
- US is stricter, with travel bans for non-nationals to Europe, Iran, Brazil, China
- Amber countries, including France and Spain, have concluded reciprocal agreements
- Travelers from ‘orange’ countries do not have to be quarantined
- People coming to the UK from ‘green’ New Zealand and Australia are unlimited
- No date has been set for a revision of the UK rules
Travelers from the United States arriving in Britain are required to be quarantined for 14 days, the UK’s Secretary of Transport has confirmed.
Grant Schapps was asked on Friday if the US was on Britain’s “ red list ” published to let vacationers know if they would face restrictions.
“I’m afraid so,” he said.
He told the BBC, “The United States has banned flights from the UK and Europe from a very early stage, so there is no reciprocal settlement.”
He said that the “very high numbers of infections” in the US prevented Britain from traveling freely.
Grant Schapps, British Secretary of State for Transport, confirmed restrictions on arrivals in the US on Friday.
The United States is failing to control the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases are on the rise
In contrast to most of Europe, the US continues to see an increase in new cases.
According to Johns Hopkins University figures, the US now has more than 2.7 million cases and more than 130,000 deaths from Covid-19.
America is the most affected region in the world, with Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru in addition to the United States. In America, double the total number of infections – 5.4 million – than in Europe, where 2.7 million are infected.
The number of infections in the US is still increasing rapidly
England eases quarantine regulations for about 50 other countries from July 10, with people from France, Italy, Germany and Spain being exempt from quarantine regulations upon arrival in England.
‘Green’ countries, such as New Zealand, have ‘very low’ levels of coronavirus and therefore will not have any restrictions on arrivals in the UK
Amber countries – including France, Germany, Italy and Spain – will make ‘reciprocal arrangements’, meaning travelers from the UK will not have to quarantine on arrival.
Restrictions continue to apply to ‘red’ countries, including the US.
At Heathrow, usually one of the busiest airports in the world, the number of arrivals has dropped dramatically
Warning signs have appeared at UK airports, similar to those shown worldwide
Mr Schapps added that it is ‘hard to know’ how many COVID-19 cases have been brought into the UK thanks to quarantine regulations imposed on newcomers last month.
“We have worked incredibly hard as a country and everyone knows because they stayed at home and followed all of these guidelines to overcome this virus,” he said.
“The Chief Medical Officer made it very clear – the time to introduce a quarantine was when it happened, when the levels were used up, and to keep it from coming back.”
The European Union announced on Tuesday that it would also exclude the US from a list of countries allowed to enter the block this summer.
It remains unclear when the restrictions will be revised.
The US currently has restrictions for travelers arriving from China, Iran, the Schengen area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.
“With specific exceptions, foreigners who have been in any of the following countries in the past 14 days should not enter the United States,” the CDC website said.
Citizens and legal permanent residents, such as green card holders, can still enter through one of the 15 designated airports. The CDC then recommends quarantining itself for 14 days.
Western and southern states are struggling to control the outbreak