With effect from Friday, the United Kingdom will be banning arrivals in the country from Brazil and a number of other South American countries including Guyana over concerns about the a new coronavirus variant.
The British Transportation Minister, Grant Shapps made the announcement today.
“I’ve taken the urgent decision to ban arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela – from tomorrow, 15 Jan at 4 am (0400 GMT) following evidence of a new variant in Brazil,” Shapps said on Twitter.
Portugal was also added to the banned list because of close travel links with Brazil, he said. Workers transporting essential goods from Portugal would be exempt.
Shapps said the new measures would not apply to British and Irish nationals and third-country nationals with residence rights, but passengers returning from those destinations must self-isolate for 10 days.
Since a number of new variants of coronavirus have been found in the UK, a number of countries have banned flights from the UK.