UK Government Mandates COVID-19 Testing for all Arrivals
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- From next week, all passengers arriving England will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before entry
- UK transport secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement Friday, noting that inbound passengers must take the test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in
- Shapps said the move was to prevent the spread of the new strains of the coronavirus, such as those seen in South Africa and Denmark, into the country
- Passengers from countries not on the government's travel corridor list must self-isolate for 10 days whether or not they test positive for COVID-19. This is aimed at protecting the country from potentially infectious travelers from high-risk countries
- Passengers will be required to show their negative test result before boarding, and transport operators will deny boarding if necessary