Restrictions associated with a new strain of coronavirus
The UK has suspended the entry into the country of passengers from a number of Latin American countries and Portugal due to the new Brazilian strain of the coronavirus, according to Sky News. The restrictions take effect from 4:00 on January 15.
“I have decided to prohibit entry into the country from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela”UK Transport Secretary Grant Shepps wrote on Twitter.
Portugal was included in the list due to its close ties with Brazil. An exception will be made only for drivers transporting essential goods. Citizens of the UK, Ireland and foreign nationals holding a residence permit in the UK can return home without hindrance, but must self-isolate for 10 days immediately upon arrival.
Brazil has limited entry to the country arriving from the UK on 25 December. In both countries, new varieties of coronavirus have been identified that are spreading faster than the normal strain. Earlier, the UK has restricted entry to the country arriving from Denmark and South Africa.