Those arriving without it will face a £ 500 fine
From January 11, those arriving in England and Scotland by any means of transport must have a negative COVID-19 test with them. It must be done no earlier than 72 hours before leaving the host country, LBC reports. This rule applies not only to foreign nationals, but also to UK residents returning home.
Exceptions will be made for children under 11 years of age, personnel of transport companies and shipping companies, as well as for Irish citizens traveling to Northern Ireland. A complete list of exemptions will be available on the government website.
Everyone else will be fined £ 500 for failing to test.
At the same time, a negative test result does not exempt people from the countries included in the list of unsafe destinations from an epidemiological point of view from a ten-day self-isolation. It can also be found on the government website. Quarantine violators will have to pay a £ 100 fine. Thus, the UK is trying to protect itself from new varieties of coronavirus, which can spread faster than the usual British strains of COVID-19 detected in December 2020.
“We did our best to prevent the emergence of new strains of coronavirus, but taking into account the situation in the world, we decided to take additional measures”– commented on the government’s decision Minister of Transport Grant Shepps.