Why are low-risk countries on the Covid travel ‘red list’?

Can the Guardian please investigate the rationale behind the Covid travel restrictions relating to “red list” countries? Some of the countries on the red list, such as Kenya, have very low Covid cases and deaths, but are among the world’s poorest and with little influence on government policy.

Essentially, the UK government is using this list to appease the public who need to see the government doing something – but at the same time the government is assured that the backlash will be minimal because these countries have very little voice.

What is the logic behind removing the need for isolation for those travelling to amber list countries (Report, 3 August), yet those visiting some low-risk red list countries are required to pay hefty quarantine bills regardless of their vaccination status?

The unjust traffic light system reinforces socio-economic inequalities, as those with families in low- and middle-income countries cannot travel to see family or friends, or for work, and incur hefty quarantine fees on their return to the UK if they do.
Dr Peninah Murage

 I’ll be spending the next 10 days in isolation so tight I cannot leave my house for any reason unless I am beaten by my husband or he is beaten by me, either of which is possible after spending 10 days without going out or seeing family or friends. We cannot even walk the dog. This is because we went to our home in France for the first time in over a year. Furthermore, we have had to buy tests, from a private company based in Europe, to the tune of £360. We are both double vaccinated. Can anyone explain why France is treated differently from the rest of Europe? I’ve tried my MP – she hasn’t got a clue.
Dot Mornington-West
Romsey, Hampshire

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