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Mandatory negative COVID test to enter Britain

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to sign today or Wednesday an order requiring all worldwide passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the United States, a federal health official tells CNN.

"If a passenger arrives in England without a pre-departure negative test result they will be fined", Mr Courts said. Pre-departure testing will protect travel and will provide an additional layer of safety from imported cases of coronavirus on top of the mandatory 10 day self-isolation for arrivals, helping identify people who may now be infectious and preventing them from travelling to England.

Reportedly, COVID negative test results will be mandatory to enter the United Kingdom from January 15. Referring to this, Britain's Transport Minister Grant Shapps said that such a move has been taken to prevent the spread of imported cases of the new variants of Coronavirus.

The new requirement will come into effect from Saturday, January 16, and the PCR test in question will need to be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. 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.

"We already have strong safeguards in place, including a requirement for mandatory 10-day self-isolation for the vast majority of arrivals and our Travel Corridors system remains critical in managing the risk of imported cases from high-risk countries".

Children under 11 travelling from any country are also exempt from pre-departure testing. On arrival back into the UK, Border Force will check passengers test results through the current spot check regime, to ensure that individuals are compliant with the new rules, and passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500. Three cases have also been detected of the variant first found in South Africa.

All travellers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form before arrival into England.

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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