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Travellers arriving in the UK will need to show negative covid test result

A deal from , 8. Jan. 2021 1:25 pm

Mateys, the UK government have announced that all international passengers will soon have to test negative for Covid-19 before travelling to the UK.

People who are abroad and are arriving back to the UK, including people who live in the UK, will have to take a test in the country they are in up to 72 hours before they are due to leave or they will not be allowed to board.

This new rule applies to travellers arriving by plane, boat and train too. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travellers "can't board... without having that negative test".

Mr Shapps said the government was "very keen to do it now" because of the new variant of the virus identified in South Africa, which he said was "causing great concern with the scientists".

"They're not sure whether for example, the vaccine will be able to deal with it in the first place, and we're very, very keen to keep it out".

These new rules are expected to come into place in England and Wales from next week and from Scotland "as soon as possible".

Even with a negative test result, you will still need to self-isolate for 10 days on your return from a country that is not on the UK safe travel list (or 5 days if you pay for the private test).

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Travellers arriving in the UK will need to show negative covid test result

Travellers arriving in the UK will need to show negative covid test result