The British Government is banning all arrivals from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo as of 4 am local time on Friday, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa.
“To help to stop the spread of the COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa, we are banning all arrivals from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo from 4 am tomorrow,” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted Thursday.
“All passengers from these countries except British & Irish Nationals and third-country nationals with residents rights will be denied entry,” he added.
The move comes just days after the government announced its decision to close all travel corridors as of Monday 18 January.
Speaking during a press briefing last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said passengers wishing to travel to the UK “must have proof of a negative Covid test” no more than 72 hours before travel.
“You must then quarantine for 10 days, not leaving your home for any reason at all,” he added, stressing that the government will be “stepping up” enforcement of border controls.