However, what we do know so far is that some countries are currently totally off-limits: the red list countries, which the government has defined as particularly high-risk for new and emerging strains or coronavirus. What are the red list countries? Since Monday 15 February, citizens and residents landing in England from a ‘red list’ country need to pay £1,750 to quarantine in a government-approved hotel. On Friday 26 March, Northern Ireland announced that it would introduce the same red list country and quarantine hotel rules. What’s the government said about the red list travel ban?