Since the discovery of the new strain of Covid-19 first identified in the UK, scores of countries around the world have made a negative Covid test a requirement for all arrivals from the UK.
But now the British government has announced that it will require negative tests for anyone going into the country.
The requirement covers all arrivals, including British citizens, with only a small number of exemptions. The test must have been taken in the 72 hours prior to travel.
❗️UK introduces mandatory requirement for a negative COVID test for entry into UK from next week.
Travellers must also complete a passenger locator form & comply with relevant quarantine & local lockdown restrictions.
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— Judith Gough (@JudithMGough) January 8, 2021
People arriving with a negative test result will still have to quarantine for 10 days after arrival, according to the government.
The new policy was announced for England, but the devolved nations have said they will follow suit.
According to British transport secretary Grant Shapps, the new rule will come into force in England next week (no exact date was given) and “as soon as possible” in Scotland.
Exemptions to the testing requirement are listed as hauliers, children under 11, arrivals from the Common Travel Area (with Ireland) and arrivals from countries where testing infrastructure is not in place. There was no detail given on the type of tests that will be accepted at the UK border.
People arriving into the UK will still have to fill in the contact locator form before arriving at the border. You can find the form here.
In reality lockdown rules and restrictions imposed on arrivals from the UK by multiple European countries mean that few people are travelling at present.
Grant Shapps: it will come into force in England next week; no detail given on type of test. On tv he said brightly that there are all sorts of tests. Extra bright expression to make it look as if everything was fine & he knows what he’s doing. Sorry, rest of the world. He doesn’t. They don’t. Excruciatingly embarrassing government.