On Thursday, Britain said that its eliminating Portugal from the country’s Covid-19 safe travel destination list, meaning several UK residents who are vacationing there presently face the condition of ten days’ quarantine upon return.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary said that the decision was taken due to the increasing Covid-19 cases in Portugal and is tensed about the new variants of the virus that may prove resistant towards vaccine. Shapps further said that one mutation of delta variant that was identified first in India was causing specific concern.
Shapps said that there is a Nepal mutation present of the Indian variant that has been identified and it’s difficult to identify if the mutation is vaccine-defeating. That is a reason why Britain does not want to take any risk until 21 June, the data when the UK government expects to lift the remaining Covid-19 restrictions.
The change would take effect on Tuesday at 4am. The territories including Falkland Islands, Israel and Iceland remain under the green list.
Starting Tuesday, Britain will also add seven nations- Costa Rica, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Sudan, Tobago and Trinidad to the red list. All but excluding essential travel to the red list nations is banned, and the UK residents who are return from any of these nations need to spend ten days in one government-authorized quarantine hotel.