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Monday, 21 December 2020

24 Countries Close Borders To UK Over New Covid Variant


Countries around the world have imposed restrictions on travel from the UK due to fears of a new strain of the coronavirus.

They are:

The Netherlands has banned flights with passengers from the UK until 1 January

Belgium has banned flights and rail travel from the UK for 24 hours with more clarity expected on Tuesday

Italy has banned air passenger from Britain until 6 January and also anyone who has transited through the UK in the previous 14 days. Residents of Italy will still be able to depart Britain to return home.

Austria has banned flights from the UK but the duration of the measure is not clear

Germany is banning flights from the UK for an unspecified duration

Spain will cut flights if there is no joint EU response to the threat posed by the new virus strain

Portugal says only Portuguese people and residents of the country can arrive from the UK. Everyone must show proof of a negative COVID test, which can be accessed at airports

Bulgaria is suspending flights from the UK until 31 January

France will bar entry for 48 hours (from Sunday night) to those coming from the UK (and accompanied freight) by road, air, sea or rail

Sweden is preparing to ban entry from the UK but the details are not yet clear

Turkey is suspending flights from the UK, Denmark and the Netherlands, with the last two countries among those where the new strain has also been found

Canada is banning flights from the UK for 72 hours
Saudi Arabia has suspended all international flights for travellers for a week

Israel has banned entry to all non-Israelis flying from the UK, including those who transited through the UK. Israelis arriving from the UK will have to be isolated in a designated hotel for two weeks

El Salvador has banned travellers who have been in the UK within the previous 30 days, including transit
Ireland has banned flights and ferries from the UK for 48 hours

The Czech Republic says arrivals who have spent at least 24 hours in UK territory will need to isolate
Colombia, Morocco, Chile, Finland, Denmark, and Argentina have also banned travellers from the UK

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