Sumary of Red list: Thailand and Montenegro added:
- In a statement, the Department for Transport (DfT) said that the changes reflected “the increased case rates in these countries and the higher risk that travel from these countries poses to UK public health”.
- Red list countries and regions all “present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19”, according to the criteria set by Department for Transport (DfT).
- Transport secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “We’ve updated our travel lists further cautiously easing international travel.
- Within minutes, Shapps’ announcement attracted criticism from travel industry figures.