Visitors from Bangladesh, the Philippines, Pakistan and Kenya will be banned from travelling to the UK from 4:00am of April 9, according to a statement posted on the GOV.UK website.
The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England's red list to protect the country against new variants of coronavirus (Covid-19), at a critical time for the vaccine programme, the statement said.
From 4:00am on April 9, international visitors who have departed from or transited through the Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England, it said.
Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK (including long-term visa holders) will be allowed to enter, and they must stay in a government-approved quarantine facility for 10 days.
During their stay, passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and they will not be allowed to shorten their quarantine period on receipt of a negative test result, added the statement.