What countries are on red list? Holiday destinations on high risk travel list after latest UK update

There are now 60 countries on the high risk travel list for Covid following the UK Government’s last review, including Turkey, Pakistan and India

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 3:21 pm

The red list has been updated following this week’s international travel review.

Under the traffic light system, summer holidays abroad from Scotland are back on the cards.

Holiday destinations are classified as green, amber or red depending on the Covid risks associated with travelling to and from them.

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Turkey remains on the red travel list (Shutterstock)

Scots are able to travel to a number of green countries without needing to self-isolate on return, and fully jabbed people coming from amber list destinations no longer need to quarantine as of Monday 19 July.

The government has instructed people not to travel to red, or high risk, countries unless for extremely essential reasons.

So, which countries are on the red list?

Here’s what you need to know.

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What new countries went on the red list?

The UK Government is reviewing the traffic light system every three weeks, with any changes so far being applied across the four nations.

Only a few select countries moved to green after the latest review, while Spain’s tourists hotspots the Balearic Islands, as well as the British Virgin Islands, went from the green to the amber list due to concerns over rising case rates.

And UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Wednesday (14 July) there would be four countries moving from the amber list to the red list, which has greater travel restrictions.

These are: Cuba, Indonesia, Myanmar and Sierra Leone.

The Scottish Government confirmed that this change would also come into place north of the border.

When do the red list changes come into place?

Changes to the green, amber and red lists came into effect from 4am on Monday 19 July.

This coincided with the end of the need to quarantine for fully vaccinated Scots and under-18s when they return from amber list nations.

Full list of red list countries

The red list now comprises 60 countries in total.

Mr Shapps said red list destinations are “those which should not be visited except in the most extreme of circumstances”.

Unfortunately, this includes popular tourist destinations for summer holidays, like Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

These are: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The list was originally 30 countries long when the travel traffic light system first came into place.

People coming back from red list countries are required to quarantine for 10 days and 11 nights in government-approved hotels to stop new Covid infections and variants of concern entering the UK.

Travellers also need to pay for the hotel themselves at a cost of £1,750 per person for those journeying alone, while families and couples in the same hotel room pay less.

The second person pays £650, and children’s stays cost £325. A family of four staying together pays £3,050.

How are red list countries decided?

A country is deemed as high risk if a variant of concern - like the strains found in South Africa, Brazil and India - has been identified there.

The latter variant, known as Delta, is thought to be between 30 and 100% more transmissible than the mutation that was first detected in Kent.

Countries are also assessed on their rate of infection and the progress of their vaccination programme.