Friday, 15 January 2021

UK closing all travel corridors from Monday

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday, in an effort to "protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new Covid strains". At the daily press briefing, he also said: "It's vital to take these extra measures now when day-by-day we are making such strides in protecting the population."

The new rules will mean that anyone flying into the UK from overseas will have to show proof of a negative coronavirus COVID-19 test before departing for the UK and within 72 hours of travelling. Passengers will also need to fill out a passenger locator form, airlines will need to see proof of both before boarding and the fines for non-compliance will be substantial.  New arrivals will still need to self isolate for 10 days, or test on day 5, which will also need to be negative before people will be allowed out of quarantine. 

Mr Johnson also said the authorities would also be stepping up on checks both at the border and whilst in the country.  The rules apply across the UK. 

The Prime Minister said the new rules would be in place until at least 15 February.


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