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COVID-19 update: what has changed

In England, temporary measures have been put in place to respond to the Omicron variant to slow its arrival and spread.

This means that:

At midday 26 November

  • South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia were added to the red list of countries.

At 4am 28 November

  • Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Angola were added to the red list of countries.

From 4am Tuesday 30 November

  • International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days. This is the law.
  • Face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This is the law.
  • Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. This is the law.

At 4am Monday 6 December

  • Nigeria was added to the red list of countries.

From 4am, Tuesday 7 December

  • All people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or lateral flow test result before they travel to England from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before you travel to England. This is the law.

These measures are temporary and under review.

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