The addition of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya and the Philippines brings the total number of countries on England’s red list to 39.
Passengers arriving from or transiting through the four countries are barred unless they are British or Irish nationals or UK residents.
Those exempt from the ban will have to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days upon arrival.
The list now includes almost all of South America and large swathes of Africa, three Middle Eastern States as well as the three new additions in Asia.
To protect the UK vaccination programme against #COVID19 variants, the following countries have been added to the red list:
— Department for Transport (@transportgovuk) April 2, 2021
Currently, no European countries are on the red list, although ministers have reportedly been discussing whether to add France as it grapples with a third wave of coronavirus cases.
Almost 5,000 patients are in intensive care in France, nearly matching the most during the country’s previous coronavirus surge in November.
Here are the countries currently on the red list:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philippines – all three will be added to the red list as of 4am on 9 April.
– Middle East
Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Kenya will be added to the red list from 4am on April 9.