England, likely other regions as well, adds four countries to the RED LIST from where passengers are banned from entering England. British, Irish, and third-country nationals with residence must quarantine at government-approved hotels for 10 nights if they have even transited through these countries.
England will also ban all commercial, private, and cargo flights from these countries starting at 4 AM GMT on Friday 19, 2021. This will significantly affect Qatar Airways.
You can access Qatar Airways here.
It seems that Qatar Airways has not received the message yet, because they have four flights operating to London Heathrow on March 19:
Here’s the announcement from the UK government (access here):
More countries added to red list to protect UK vaccination programme against variants of concern
Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar to be added to England’s red list. Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Mauritius to be removed from England’s red list.
- travel bans implemented for visitors from Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar from 4am Friday 19 March 2021
- British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from these countries will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days
- move follows new data showing an increased risk of importation of variants of concern
Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar have been added to England’s red list to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), at a critical time for the vaccine programme.
With over 24 million vaccinations delivered in the UK so far, the move will help to reduce the risk of new variants – such as those first identified in South Africa and Brazil – entering England.
From 4am on Friday 19 March 2021, visitors who have departed from or transited through these countries in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights (including long-term visa holders), will be allowed to enter and must stay in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
During their stay, they will be required to take a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8.
A ban on commercial and private planes travelling from Oman, Ethiopia and Qatar will also come into force on Friday to reduce the risk of importing variants of concern. This excludes cargo and freight without passengers.
Here the updated RED COUNTRIES list (access here):
- Cape Verde
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Ethiopia (will be added to the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- French Guiana
- Mauritius (will be removed from the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- Oman (will be added to the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) (will be removed from the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- Qatar (will be added to the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- Somalia (will be added to the list 4am Friday 19 March)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Leisure travel from the UK is currently banned, but there is still a need for connectivity for people leaving for business or other allowed purposes.
Qatar Airways was one of the few airlines that continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, when other airlines, such as Emirates and Etihad, temporarily grounded their fleets.
Let’s see how long it will take for Qatar to drop off of the list of RED COUNTRIES.