urkey, the Maldives and Nepal are the latest countries to be added to the coronavirus “red list” in response to mounting concern about the number of Covid-19 cases.
The move means returning Britons returning from these countries will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Red countries are those which should not be visited except in the most extreme of circumstances, where repeated testing and isolation in designated Government hotels on return is compulsory.
“Non-UK residents who have been in a red country in the last 10 days will still be barred from entering the UK.
“I must tell you that now due to concerns about Covid rates and variants of concern, Turkey, the Maldives, Nepal must regrettably be added to the red list.”
Anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident or a British citizen will be banned from entering Britain if they they have been to a red list country in the previous 10 days.
Concern about Covid variants has led to the Government ramping up plans for a campaign of booster shots later this year.
The latest restrictions take the total number of countries on England’s red list to 43.
Here is the full list of 43 "red list" countries.
Hotel quarantine 'red list' countries
Democratic Republic of the Congo
United Arab Emirates (UAE)