Travel bans will be imposed on visitors to England from four new “red list” countries, starting next Friday.
The list of banned nations will reach 39 when the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh are added from 4am on April 9.
The ban means most non-UK nationals or residents will be banned completely from entering England if they have been in those countries in the last 10 days.
British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights will be allowed to enter – but only through hotel quarantine.
That means paying £1,750 to be held in isolation for 10 days in a government-appointed facility.
They will have to take two tests, on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, as well as a test within 72 hours of coming to the UK.
But they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine if they test negative.
The measures have been brought in as part of an effort to prevent the South African and Brazilian Covid variants…