UK travel red list could relaunch with 12 new countries added after Covid surges

Brits have been warned that the red list could be relaunched with a host of new countries added as Covid cases surge overseas.

There are currently no countries on the red list – but Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says that could change as restrictions and lockdowns return in parts of continental Europe.

The red list has been empty since the seven remaining countries that were on it – Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Haiti and Venezuela – were removed from 4am on Monday, November 1.

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Mr Shapps has now issued a stark warning that the Government is “prepared to add countries and territories back if needed”.

Europe is seeing a new spike in cases, with Austria entering a full-scale lockdown from Monday, November 22, for 10 days after a rise in cases there.

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel confirmed the nation is in the midst of a “dramatic” fourth wave. Daily infections hit a new German record of over 65,000 on Thursday, and unvaccinated people are to be excluded from certain venues under the strict new measures.

Data analyst Tim White has been following case figures in destinations around the world since the traffic light system began and has now named 12 countries that could find themselves back on the UK’s red list soon.

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He highlighted record case rates in Norway, which reached an all-time high in last week’s seven-day rolling average.

Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands and Slovakia are also seeing a rise in infections with seven-day averages at an all-time high in all six.

Belgium is also seeing a surge, with over 12,000 news cases in the 24 hours to Wednesday, while the Czech Republic’s daily cases have risen by 50 per cent compared to a week ago and Finland’s have risen 21 per cent.

Croatia has also seen a rise since late August and has been highlighted as another country causing concern.

The USA is also experiencing an uptick in cases, and the travel expert warned there could be “big trouble ahead” for the nation this Christmas.

So be sure to check with your airline before you travel.

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The Foreign Office said: “There are currently no countries or territories on the red list for travel to England. We keep the red list under constant review and countries and territories can be added to the red list at any time.”

Anyone coming into England from a red list country must quarantine in a managed hotel and take two Covid tests while staying there.

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