The government has extended its South Africa travel ban to a range of countries across southern Africa, as well as several destinations in the Indian Ocean, while Israel and Jerusalem have also been removed from England’s quarantine-free travel corridor list.
The latest changes were confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT) on 7 January.
Anyone who has travelled from or through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Angola, as well as Mauritius and the Seychelles, in the past 10 days will be barred entry into England.
The ban, however, does not extend to British and Irish nationals, longer-term visa holders and permanent residents, meaning any returning holidaymakers will be able to come home, although they will have to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to the UK along with the rest of their household.
Anyone returning from these locations will not be able to take advantage of the government’s test to release scheme to shorten their self-isolation requirement.