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Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52457, tabled on 21 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 2 March 2021 to Question 156324, if he will make it his policy to publish the data used to inform the Government's decisions on whether a country is on the red list including evidence of (a) variants of concern, (b) epidemiology, (c) imported cases and (d) traveller volumes; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

15 November 2021

The decision to include countries on the ‘red list’ is informed by the latest scientific data and public health advice from a world-leading range of experts, including risk assessments from the United Kingdom Health Security Agency.

Data considered includes epidemiological metrics (such as case and testing rates), genomic surveillance capability, evidence of the presence of high risk variants and evidence of exported cases of variants to the UK and elsewhere. Travel connections with the United Kingdom and details of the in-country and territory vaccination profile are included as contextual information. You can find further information on the methodology for international travel risk assessments at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-risk-assessment-methodology-to-inform-international-travel-traffic-light-system.

Data informing international travel risk assessments is published every three week’s following the latest country allocations by Ministers. You can find this data at the following link; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/data-informing-international-travel-risk-assessments.

The list of red list countries is kept under review