That is why Mexico is moving to the travel red list, and the new rules it will need to follow. Yorkshire News

Mexico was considered ‘a high risk to public health’ (Photo: ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP via Getty Images)

On Wednesday (August 4), the Government issued the most recent update for countries on the travel traffic light system.

While this update will move several countries to the green list, such as Austria, Germany, Norway, and Slovakia, a handful of countries will be moved to the red list, including Mexico.

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Why has Mexico been moved to the red list?

Before the travel list update, Mexico had been on the UK amber list; however, starting at 4 am on Sunday, August 8, it will be added to the red list.

In the update, the Government said that Mexico, and the other countries that are moving to the red list, “present a high public health risk for the UK due to known variants of concern, known high risk variants under investigation or as a result of the very high prevalence of Covid-19 in the country or territory ”.

Along with Mexico, Georgia, La Reunion and Mayotte are also making the red list.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government wanted people to be able to travel; however, he had to balance that desire with “the need to protect ourselves against new variants.”

How many cases of Covid-19 does Mexico have?

On Thursday (August 5), the Mexican Ministry of Health reported that the country has 21,569 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The Health Ministry also reported 611 deaths. Mexico has registered a total of 2,901,094 infections and 242,547 deaths.

The government has stated that the actual number of cases is likely much higher, with separate data released earlier this year indicating that the death toll is at least 60% higher than the confirmed figure.

What are the travel rules for the red list countries?

No one can travel to the UK if they have been to a red list country, unless they are a British or Irish citizen, or someone with UK residency rights.

If you have been to a red list country or territory before traveling to England, there are strict rules that you must follow, even if you are fully vaccinated.

Before traveling to England, you must:

  • Test for COVID-19 and test negative within 3 days before traveling
  • Book a quarantined managed hotel within 14 days of arrival. The reservation will include your hotel, quarantined transportation, and travel evidence for Covid-19 testing on day two and day eight of the quarantine.
  • Complete a Passenger Location Form (PLF) with details of where you will be quarantined when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package invoice number to complete your passenger locator form

Everyone arriving in England from a Red List country must be quarantined in a managed quarantine hotel for a full 10 days from the point of arrival; the day of arrival in England is treated as day zero.

You must agree to reserve and pay for a quarantine package before completing your passenger locator form.

For those who make reservations before August 11 and after 4 am on August 12, the prices of these packages will vary.

Rate for reservations made until August 11 or before:

  • Rate for an adult in a room for 10 days: £ 1,750
  • Additional fee for an adult (or child over 11 years old): £ 650
  • Additional fee for a child aged five to 11: £ 325

Rate for reservations made after 4 a.m. From August 12:

  • Rate for an adult in a room for 10 days: £ 2,285
  • Additional fee for an adult (or child over 11 years old): £ 1,430
  • Additional fee for a child aged five to 11: £ 325

Regarding the price, the Government states: “For those who face significant financial difficulties as a result of this charge, there will be an opportunity to request a deferred payment plan when making the reservation. You will be asked to pay your debt to the government in 12 monthly installments. “

If you must quarantine yourself in a managed quarantine hotel, you can only reach England at certain points of entry, which are:

  • Heathrow airport
  • Gatwick Airport
  • London city airport
  • Birmingham airport
  • Bristol airport
  • Farnborough Airport
  • Biggin Hill Airport

If you must be quarantined in a quarantined managed hotel and do not arrive in England at one of the designated ports of entry, you may face a fine of up to £ 10,000 and will be charged for the cost of transport to the nearest designated port. or entrance.

Furthermore, if you violate the quarantine rules, you could face a fine of up to £ 10,000, and if you do not provide precise details about the countries you have visited before arriving in the UK, you could be fined up to £ 10,000 and even imprisoned up to for 10 years.

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This notice was published: 2021-08-06 12:58:01

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