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COVID-19: People arriving in England need negative tests to enter country from Friday

However, a negative COVID-19 test will be mandatory for all British nationals returning home from February 15 "as an added measure to safeguard public health against coronavirus and its variants".

The commission noted that the new regulations announced on Sunday were in response to the changes seen in the transmission of the virus both domestically and across the globe.

On Tuesday, the Irish Government issued a statement extending the requirement of a negative pre-departure test to incoming travellers from all countries. Carriers may deny boarding to those who do not have a negative test result.

"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".

"Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing", the British High Commission in Nigeria stressed.

The current advice for persons in the United Kingdom remains that they must stay at home and not travel overseas unless it is for a permitted exempt reason.

Permitted travellers will need to take their test up to 72 hours before departure, and this will apply irrespective of whether a country is on the travel corridor list.

In preparation for travel, passengers will need to find a testing provider which meets the standards set out on by the UK Government, the majority of which will be Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. However this may be lifted on receipt of a negative/not detected result of a second PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival.

The new rules apply to nearly every country in the world, including those on England's travel corridor list, and further compliance checks are due to be conducted by Border Force staff.

Children under 11 travelling from any country are also exempt from pre-departure testing. Three cases have also been detected of the variant first found in South Africa.

Those who travel indirectly from South Africa must self-isolate for 10 days.

New arrivals who flout the rules will face a minimum £500 fine, while the operator who transported them will also be fined.



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