Jan, 8th 2021 – All international passengers will soon have to provide a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling to England or Scotland. Arrivals, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in.
The new measures are expected to come into effect in England early next week, and in Scotland as soon as possible. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, hopes this new directive will stop the spread of new strains of coronavirus.
Mr. Shapps said, “We already have significant measures in place to prevent imported cases of Covid-19, but with new strains of the virus developing internationally we must take further precautions.”
Officials are said to be working closely with the devolved administrations on similar measures for Wales and Northern Ireland.
The new measures come after the UK reported 1,162 deaths within 28 days with more than 52,618 new cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has promised to offer hundreds of thousands of Covid vaccines per day in England by the 15th of January.
Amid the surge and with the vaccines, the new strain has led the government to take further measures regarding international travel.
With the new measures, anyone who fails to comply the new travel guide may face an immediate fine of £500. However, there will be a small number of exemptions including children under 11, hauliers and those from countries without infrastructure to deliver the tests.
Passengers from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list must self isolate for 10 days regardless of the test results.