Over the weekend, the UK reversed plans to loosen restrictions over Christmas and introduced strict lockdowns throughout a lot of the nation, citing considerations a couple of variant of the coronavirus believed to be way more infectious.
Alarm over the brand new variant, which was first recognized within the southeast of England, has resulted in British vacationers being reduce off from a lot of Europe and different components of the world as international locations imposed restrictions on journey from the UK.
Whereas the brand new variant of Covid-19 is believed to originate in England, it has additionally been recognized in Denmark, the Netherlands and in Australia, World Well being Group Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove stated on Sunday. Researchers are investigating an analogous variant of the virus in South Africa, prompting further journey restrictions from there.
Keep in mind: No proof the brand new variants are any extra virulent, which means they don’t trigger extra extreme illness. They don’t seem to have an effect on the consequences of therapies or the safety supplied by vaccines
Here is an inventory of nations which have banned journey from the UK to this point:
- Russia: Russia is suspending flights to and from the UK for per week beginning midnight, Moscow time on Dec. 22, state-run information company RIA Novosti reported citing Russian coronavirus response headquarters.
- Jordan: The federal government has determined to droop all direct and oblique (transit) passenger flights from the UK beginning Monday and lasting via Jan. 3. The information was introduced in a press release from Jordanian Authorities spokesperson and Minister of State for Media Affairs Ali Al-Ayed
- Oman: Oman will shut down its air, sea and land borders beginning Tuesday Dec. 22, for a interval of 1 week to watch the brand new variant of coronavirus reported by the UK, Oman state information company reported.
- Argentina: Based on a joint assertion revealed Sunday by the Argentinian Well being and Inside Ministries, Argentina will solely enable another flight from Britain to land on the worldwide airport in Buenos Aires on Monday morning. Later flights have been canceled.
- Belgium: Belgium will block vacationers from the UK on Monday due to the coronavirus variant that has emerged there, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo stated Sunday morning.
- Bulgaria: Prime Minister Boyko Borissov convened a working assembly on Sunday with members of his Cupboard in response to the brand new variant, throughout which it was determined to quickly droop air journey between Bulgaria and the UK beginning Monday till Jan. 31, his workplace stated.
- Canada: Canada says it would ban most passenger journey from the UK starting midnight Sunday for at the very least 72 hours. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the information in a tweet Sunday night time saying it was being finished to “defend” Canadians throughout the nation.
- Chile: The Chilean authorities introduced that each one flights to and from the UK might be suspended starting on Tuesday, and that vacationers who’ve been to the UK within the final 14 days must self-quarantine.
- Colombia: Colombian President Ivan Duque equally introduced that each one flights between Colombia and the UK might be suspended, beginning on Monday. Vacationers who’ve been to the UK within the final 14 days will even must self-quarantine upon coming into Colombia, Duque instructed reporters.
- Czech Republic: The Czech authorities is halting flights from the UK as of 6 a.m. ET Monday in response to the brand new variant of the coronavirus within the UK, a authorities assertion stated early Monday.
- El Salvador: El Salvador bans anybody coming into the nation from UK and South Africa.
- Estonia: The federal government of Estonia introduced a suspension of air site visitors between Estonia and the UK on Sunday, which fits into impact at midnight till the tip of the 12 months.
- France: French Prime Minister Jean Castex introduced a 48-hour ban on the motion of individuals from the UK to France beginning Sunday night time and making use of to all strategies of transport.
- Germany: The German authorities stated it’s planning to limit journey to and from the UK and South Africa due to the brand new coronavirus variant.
- Hong Kong: Hong Kong will ban all passengers who stayed in the UK for greater than two hours previously 14 days from arriving within the metropolis beginning Tuesday, Secretary for Meals and Well being Sophia Chan stated throughout a Monday press convention.
- Iran: Iran introduced the suspension of flights to and from the UK for 2 weeks on Sunday.
- Israel: Israel’s authorities bans flights from UK, Denmark and South Africa.
- Italy: Italy is suspending flights between the nation and the UK because of the new Covid-19 variant recognized in England, Italian Minister for International Affairs Luigi Di Maio introduced on Sunday.
- Kuwait: Kuwait suspended flights arriving from the UK beginning Monday.
- Latvia: Latvia has suspended journey to and from the UK from December 21 to January 1, the Latvian Ministry of Transportation introduced in a press release on Sunday.
- Lithuania: Fights from the UK might be suspended, Teh prime Minister tweeted.
- Luxembourg: Luxembourg has quickly suspended flights from the UK after a brand new variant of coronavirus was discovered there, based on a authorities assertion Sunday.
- Netherlands: The Netherlands will ban all passenger flights coming from the UK.
- Republic of Eire: The Republic of Eire is banning flights from Britain on Monday and Tuesday, the federal government introduced Sunday.
- Peru: Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti introduced a two-week ban on flights arriving from Europe in a nationwide tackle Monday morning. Sagasti additionally banned foreigners from coming to Peru if they’ve been in the UK for the final two weeks.
- Sweden: Sweden banning journey from the UK, the nation’s International Minister stated on Sunday.
- Turkey: Turkey has banned flights from the UK, South Africa, the Netherlands and Denmark, the nation’s state-owned Anadolu Company reported late Sunday.
The next international locations haven’t banned journey however are imposing restrictions:
- Greece: Greece will impose a 7-day quarantine to all vacationers arriving from the UK beginning Monday over considerations in regards to the new Covid-19 variant recognized within the UK, the Greek Civil Safety division introduced Sunday.
- Portugal: Portugal has imposed restrictions on flights from UK. Solely Portuguese nationals might be allowed to journey, they usually will need to have a unfavourable Covid-19 check, based on the nation’s Inside Minister.
- Spain: Spain introduced it’s reinforcing airports to confirm PCR checks for folks arriving from the UK, based on a tweet from the federal government on Sunday.
Walter Reed scientists within the US nonetheless anticipate the vaccine might be efficient in opposition to this new variant, stated Dr. Nelson Michael, director of the Heart for Infectious Illnesses Analysis on the Walter Reed Military Institute of Analysis. The Walter Reed scientists stated they anticipate to know within the subsequent few days if there is a concern that the coronavirus vaccines won’t work in opposition to it.