COVID-19: All countries will be removed from travel red list, meaning no more than 40 hotels will be available for UK arrivals

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The remaining seven countries on the government’s travel red list are expected to be removed, meaning that it will no longer be mandatory to quarantine hotels for UK arrivals, according to Sky News.

Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are removed from the list, which will not leave any country in the highest category of travel restrictions.

However, Downing Street said the red list system – or hotel quarantine – was not entirely phased out and remained “an important tool” in the government’s response to COVID-19.

This left open the prospect of other countries being added, or re-added, to the Red List in the future.

People arriving in the UK from a Red List destination – or who have stayed in or traveled to a Red List country or territory in the 10 days prior to their trip to the UK – were required to spend 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel. immediately after their arrival.

It costs £ 2,285 for adults, with lower rates for children. Breaking the quarantine rules could result in penalties of up to £ 10,000.

Since the start of the managed hotel quarantine system in mid-February, more than 200,000 people have spent time in a hotel quarantine in England.

That includes more than 3,100 in the last week of September and more than 4,450 the week before, according to the latest NHS Test and Trace data.

By comparison, more than five million people have quarantined themselves at their homes in England since mid-February.

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