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COVID-19: UK Mandates Testing For All International Arrivals




The government of the United Kingdom has mandated the COVID-19 test for all passengers arriving in the country.

The directive is contained in a statement published on the government’s website on Tuesday, January 12.

With this, all passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England.

The UK said this will immensely help protect citizens and migrants against new strains of coronavirus which is ravaging many parts of the world already.

The nation’s Transportation Secretary, Grant Shapps, said that passengers intending to gain access into the UK by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in.

Shapps said: “All international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure.

“Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.”

Air passengers transiting in the UK, who will only stay airside and just connect on to another flight are obligated to tender the evidence of a negative test.



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