UK announces compulsory COVID-19 tests for all incoming travellers

*The country considers pre-departure tests will be another line of defence, as it mulls a fine of £500 (Pounds) each for people who don’t get test within 72 hours of travel by plane, boat or train

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the new Coronavirus strain in the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic rages in the country, all passengers arriving in the United Kingdom (UK) will be required to prove they do not have the virus, showing a negative test result taken within 72 hours of the start of their journey.

It was gathered that under new rules announced by the British Government, anyone failing to produce the evidence of a negative test will be hit with an immediate fine of 500 pounds ($678), Bloomberg report said.

Likewise, travellers arriving from countries that are not on the government’s open travel corridor list will be required to isolate at home for 10 days, regardless of their test results.

The measures, set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, will come into force next week for passengers arriving at a British port by plane, boat or train.

The government said the move was aimed at stopping new strains of COVID-19 coming into the UK, such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa, the government said.

Shapps said in an e-mailed statement: “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.

“Pre-departure tests will provide a further line of defense — helping us control the virus as we roll out the vaccine at pace over the coming weeks.”

It is recalled Ministers were criticised for taking too long to impose border restrictions during the first wave of the pandemic last spring.

This week British authorities put the country into its third national lockdown as infection rates soared.

The death toll from Coronavirus now stands at more than 78,000.

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