UK travel ban: Brits are banned from these 15 countries amid Omicron surge

Although the UK has removed all 11 remaining countries from its red list earlier this week, Brits have been banned from travelling to these 15 countries.

Restrictions are getting more and more severe in the UK and this now includes Brits being banned from going to several destinations across the globe.

With the rise of the Omicron variant completely overtaking the nation, other countries have taken note and have tightened their security measures to prevent further outbreaks. The UK has recorded around 5,000 cases of the new super-mutated strain and Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, recently made a statement saying that 200,000 Brits could be infected by the end of the month.

What are the 15 countries banning Brits?

This has alerted health officials globally, which has now led Brits to be banned from entering certain countries, which include the following 15:

  • Australia
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • Falkland Islands
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Suriname
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

Most of these places are only allowing Brits to enter their territory under very exceptional individual circumstances, such as being permanent residents or having close family members in said countries.

Omicron around the world today

Currently, the Omicron variant has been detected across 77 different countries around the world. As a result, the race against time to stop it from spreading before causing major damage to health systems worldwide is at an all-time high. In the UK, booster jabs to all those over the age of 18 are being offered and urged to be taken, as they are believed to be the best line of defence against the rapidly-spreading virus. PM, Boris Johnson, recently said:

I'm afraid we're now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant Omicron.

And added:

It is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need. But the good news is that our scientists are confident that with a third dose, a booster dose, we can all bring our level of protection back up.
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