The UK has seen its daily coronavirus case record tumble numerous times in the last week with the latest record being set this Saturday at a worrying 93,045 new cases
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With the Omicron covid variant spreading like wildfire through the UK, a number of different countries have been taking action to reduce the risk posed by UK travellers.
The UK has seen its daily coronavirus case record tumble numerous times in the last week or two with the latest record being set this Saturday at 93,045.
As a result a number of countries in Europe and further afield have been amending their travel rules regarding UK travellers, Germany the latest to do this today.
Other nations have been imposing tougher quarantine rules on UK arrivals, effectively banning tourists and others already had blanket bans on all travellers.
In total now there are 30 different countries where travellers from the UK are effectively barred.
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New rules introduced on Sunday evening in Germany classify the UK as a virus variant area of concern, the highest Covid risk level that the country has.
The decision was taken on Saturday when the UK once again broke its daily case record.
Travellers to Germany from the UK will now have to prove a negative test and quarantine for two weeks, regardless of vaccination status.
France Introduced new restrictions against UK travellers on Friday December 17.
Under the new rules there will be a requirement for an ‘essential’ reason to travel to France from the UK.
The French government clarified this in a statement saying “people cannot travel for touristic or professional reasons.”
India also recently introduced new restrictions for UK travellers, including a test on arrival at Indian airports, followed by seven days of home quarantine.
You must then take a day eight test, before self-monitoring your health for another seven days, going back into quarantine if necessary.
Australia has kept its borders closed for the duration of the pandemic including to UK travellers, only granting entry to its citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents, and fully vaccinated holders of eligible visas.
China has been one of the countries with the strictest covid rules, with officials desperate to avoid any spikes in infections.
A ban remains on foreign travellers, including those from the UK.
Only UK travellers deemed to have a ‘critical purpose’ to travel are allowed to enter New Zealand.
Border restrictions are scheduled to start easing in February, but this could soon be put on hold due to the sudden and rapid spread of the Omicron variant around the world.
Having already had strict rules for foreign travellers, Japan has shut down travel entirely to non-citizens in response to the Omicron variant.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: “These are temporary, exceptional measures that we are taking for safety’s sake until there is clearer information about the omicron variant.”
Travellers from the UK to South Korea are required to stay in a quarantine hotel for 14 days effectively ruling out all but essential travel.
Guests are banned from leaving their rooms for the duration of their stay which will cost around £75 a day with meals and essential items provided.
Israel shut all its borders to non-Israeli citizens in response to the spiralling Omicron outbreak until at least December 29.
The country had only just reopened to foreign tourists weeks before the border was shut once again.
Returning Israeli citizens will be required to quarantine, the length depending on vaccination status.
As well as those listed above, all of the following nations and territories have effectively banned UK tourists from entering:
- Falkland Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Cook Islands