From 4am this morning (Monday 18 January), all travel corridors with the UK will be suspended. This means that all international arrivals into the UK will now be required to both take a pre-departure test and self-isolate straight away for 10 days on arrival. This includes British and Irish passport holders.
Why is this happening?
These are emergency measures that have been brought in by the Government to prevent the spread of a number of new variants of coronavirus in the UK. These strains are new and their impact are not yet known. The suspension of the travel corridors also will aid the roll out of the new vaccine plans. If you are caught breaking lockdown rules, you'll face fines starting at £200, rising to a maximum of £6,400.
When are these measures going to end?
Travel corridors will be reviewed on Monday 15th February, it will depend on the vaccine roll out and the development of the new strains.
The government’s 'Test to Release' scheme will remain in place, giving passengers the option to shorten the mandatory self-isolation period to as little as 5 days - if you take a negative test after 5 days of self isolation. However, you will still need to adhere to the national lockdown upon release from self-isolation.