The government is banning arrivals from much of South America, as well as Portugal, following the emergence of a new Covid variant in Brazil.
In a tweet, transport secretary Grant Shapps said arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela will be banned from 4am on Friday (15 January).
Travel from Portugal to the UK will also be suspended "given its strong travel links with Brazil – acting as another way to reduce the risk of importing infections". However, there is an exemption for hauliers travelling from Portugal to allow transport of essential goods.
This measure does not apply to British and Irish nationals and third country nationals with residence rights – but passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 days along with their households. Any exemptions usually in place will not apply, including those related to employment, apart from hauliers travelling in Portugal.
The UK government also confirmed in a statement that it was introducing a flight ban on any of these countries with direct flights to England. These countries are Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores).