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UK Tourists Are Banned From 15 Countries Following Spread Of Omicron Variant

Dominic Smithers

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UK Tourists Are Banned From 15 Countries Following Spread Of Omicron Variant

British tourists are now banned from visiting 15 countries around the world.

This week, the UK announced that all 11 countries were being removed from its 'red list'.

The list had been drawn up back in November in order to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant, however, with news that it had now spread to the UK, the government decided that it was no longer necessary.

And with over 1,500 cases of the variant having been detected, over a dozen countries including New Zealand and China have tightened restrictions on UK nationals entering.

The full list:

Australia

Brits can only enter Australia if they are exempt or are granted entry due to exceptional individual circumstances.

Those exempt from the ban are citizens and permanent residents or family members of residents and citizens.

Benin

Entry has been limited to situations of 'extreme necessity' and must be authorised in conjunction with bordering countries.

Bhutan

Crossing into Bhutan border is barred for any foreign nationals.

Brits can't enter Australia unless for some exemptions. Credit: Alamy
Brits can't enter Australia unless for some exemptions. Credit: Alamy

China

According to reports, entry into China through third-party states is still possible, however, all direct flights from the UK have been banned.

Falkland Islands

No tourists are currently permitted to visit the Falkland Islands.

Indonesia

The British are not currently able to apply for visas to Indonesia.

Israel

Unless they are granted special entry by the 'Exceptions Committee, non-Israeli citizens are not allowed to enter Israel.

China's borders are closed to the UK. Credit: Alamy
China's borders are closed to the UK. Credit: Alamy

Japan

Since the end of last month, all foreigners who do not have resident status are not allowed to enter the country.

Entry will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Laos

The visa-on-arrival service has been suspended by the government, and no visas are being issued to tourists from countries that are experiencing cases of Covid.

Malaysia

New Zealand has restricted entry to UK travellers. Credit: Alamy
New Zealand has restricted entry to UK travellers. Credit: Alamy

Myanmar

The application process for tourist visas has been suspended.

New Zealand

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.

Only those who have a critical purpose for travel might potentially be considered for entry.

Suriname

The country's borders are completely closed to tourists.

Taiwan

The country's government announced a temporary ban on all foreign nationals.

Vietnam

The Vietnam government has suspended all visas and entry for all foreign national bar some exceptions.

More information on travel restrictions can be found here.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Travel, Australia, China, World News

Dominic Smithers
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