The British authorities are worried about a variant of Sars-Cov-2 that has appeared in Brazil and will close their borders this Friday.
Travelers from all countries of South America can no longer set foot on UK soil, and this applies, too, to French Guiana.
Brazilian, Colombian, Chilean, etc. nationals, including Panamanians, are affected by this measure announced by Minister of Transport Grant Shapps, and in general any person who has passed through these countries in the last ten days.
The British and Irish are authorized to return, as are holders of a residence permit, on condition that they isolate themselves for ten days.
More surprisingly, the outright ban on travel to the UK has also been enacted for Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, and Cape Verde.
According to Grant Shapps the measure allows “to reduce the risk of importing infections” in view of “close travel links with Brazil”.
Exceptions are nevertheless provided for Portuguese truckers carrying essential products.