Montenegro and Thailand have been added to the UK travel red list while seven locations have been moved to the green list.
The change means those arriving from the two destinations will have to isolate at a managed quarantine facility for 10 days while Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Switzerland, and the Azores will be added to the green list.
A statement from the Department of Transport said: “The high rates combined with lower levels of published genomic surveillance in Thailand and Montenegro than other countries, mean that an outbreak of a new variant or existing variants of concern (VOC) or variants under investigation (VUI) cannot be easily identified before it is imported and seeded across the UK.”
The changes will come in to force from 4am on August 30.
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