UK authorities ban arrivals from South America

uk authorities ban arrivals from south america

Authorities in the UK have banned arrivals from a number of South American countries as fears grow over a new strain of Covid-19.

Passengers who have been in or transited through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Suriname, French Guiana, Uruguay and Venezuela in the past ten days will be barred from entry.

Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will face similar restrictions.

The new rules came into place this morning.

However, the changes do not include British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK.

These groups will be able to enter the UK, but are required to self-isolate for ten days on arrival along with their household.

There will also be a flight ban on any countries with direct flights to the UK.

These are Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores).

This excludes cargo and freight without passengers.


The decision to ban travel from these destinations follows the discovery of a new coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, that may have spread to countries with strong travel links to the country.

Any exemptions usually in place – including for those related to employment – will not apply, although hauliers who have been in or transited through Portugal (only) in the last ten days will be exempt to allow transport of essential goods.

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