Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced for UK arrivals
Starting from this week, anyone arriving in the UK will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before being given entry clearance to enter the country.
Both UK and non-UK nationals arriving into the UK by boat, plane or train will be required to take a COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before their arrival. The new requirement was announced following concerns over increasing cases of a second strain of COVID-19 in the UK.
Those who do not take a test before entering the country could face a fine of up to £500. Passengers must also still fill in a passenger location form and will be subject to the lockdown conditions currently in place across the UK. As well as this, people coming from countries that are not on the government’s travel corridor list will still need to quarantine for 10 days following their arrival in the UK, irrelevant of their test results.
Speaking about the recent decision, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said:
“Taken together with the existing mandatory self-isolation period for passengers returning from high-risk countries, pre-departure tests will provide a further line of defence – helping us control the virus as we roll out the vaccine at pace over the coming weeks.”
Spot checks will be carried out at UK borders to ensure arrivals can produce a negative test.
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