By Chioma Iruke
The United Kingdom is set to remove seven more countries from its Travel Red List, and put an end to hotel quarantine for arrivals into the country.
The removal of the remaining seven countries which include Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, means no country will be left in the highest category of Travel Restrictions.
Meanwhile, the Red List system or hotel quarantine is not being scrapped entirely, as the UK says it remains “an important tool” in the government’s COVID-19 response, and there is the prospect of other countries being added to the list in future.
Those arriving in the UK from a Red List destination, or have travelled through a country or territory on the Red List within the 10 days before their journey to the UK, had been required to spend 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel immediately upon their arrival.
This came at a cost of £2,285 for adults, with lower rates for children. Breaking the quarantine rules attracted penalties of up to £10,000.