Travel latest news: Three more countries added to UK’s travel ban list

Labour will force a vote on the Government’s quarantine hotel plans, as it looks to extend restrictions beyond the “limited” list of 30 hotspot countries. 

The opposition will accuse the Government’s plans of being “too little, too late” and say that “limiting restrictions to just a handful of countries puts at risk the gains being made by the vaccine, by exposing us to potentially resistant Covid-19 strains, undermining the huge sacrifices of the British people.”  

During the next opposition day debate on Monday, Labour will introduce a motion calling for “a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all arrivals into the UK”, as well as calling for the Government to publish the scientific evidence on which it has based its current approach.  

Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow home secretary, said:  “Labour is calling on the Government to introduce a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all travellers, in order to shut down the gaping holes in the Government’s plans. The plans have no clear basis in science and fail to recognise that we do not know where the next strains of the virus will emerge from, until it is too late.”