Why are there still flights coming into the UK and what are the restrictions on travelling?

The UK is in lockdown with anyone entering the country currently required to self-isolate for 10 days.

 However, the Government has announced a new policy of mandatory hotel quarantines for arrivals from red list countries. The red list is made up of countries that contain new variants of the virus - and it changes all the time.

Indeed, a sudden rule change recently led to thousands of Brits rushing to return home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before a flight ban came into force.

But what are the current rules, and when will mandatory hotel quarantine come into force?

Here’s everything you need to know:

What are the current rules?

Last month Boris Johnson scrapped all travel corridors to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of coronavirus.

It means that now arrivals from every destination need to self-isolate for 10 days, or receive a negative result from a coronavirus test taken at least five days after they enter the UK.

Direct flights from parts of the world with new coronavirus variants, such as South Africa and Brazil, are banned.

Currently all travelers must provide contact details and their UK address. They can then travel - by public transport if necessary - to their home or to the place where they plan to self-isolate.