Martin Lewis discusses travel refunds and PCR tests
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All international arrivals landing in the UK will be required to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before their departure in a bid to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. The UK Government has also reinstated its travel red list.
The list was scrapped on November 1, 2021, when the final seven nations were removed from the list.
However, the Government has started to re-add nations to the list in light of the new “variant of concern”.
Nigeria was the most recent addition, making its way onto the list at 4am on Monday, December 6.
Which countries are on the UK’s red list?
At the time of writing, the UK red list is made up of the following nations:
- South Africa
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What are the current red list rules?
Under red list rules, travellers arriving from “high risk” countries face quarantine and a series of COVID-19 testing protocols.
Only British or Irish nationals, or legal residents of the UK, are permitted to enter the country from a red list nation.
This rule also applies to anyone who has been in a red list country in the previous 10 days.
The Government is warning people “not to travel to countries or territories on the red list”.
For those who are travelling from a red list country, the Government states you must take a COVID-19 test in the three days before departure.
Red list arrivals must also book a quarantine hotel package, which includes the cost of two COVID-19 tests during the stay. Tests are to be taken on days two and eight of the hotel stay.
Hotel quarantine rules apply even to those who are fully vaccinated.
The price of a Government-mandated hotel stay, lasting 10 days (11 nights) is £2,285.
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The rate for an additional adult, or child over the age of 11, is £1,430.
The price for an additional child aged between five and 11 is £325. Children under five are free.
Children aged 11 to 17 must take a COVID-19 test in the three days before traveling to England.
On arrival in England, children aged between five and 17 must take two COVID-19 tests as part of their managed quarantine.
Children under five will not be required to take Covid tests during their stay.
The Government claims it is keeping room rates “under review”.
Anyone who is found to break the quarantine rules “may face a penalty of up to £10,000”.
All arrivals into the UK must also complete a passenger locator form.
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