UK to require negative COVID-19 test before entry to prevent mutant strain.

International arrivals to the UK will now have to present a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed into the country according to new rules coming in next week. All passengers, including British nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before entering the UK, or will not be allowed entry.

Those who fail to comply with the new rule will face a £500 on the spot fine, and carriers will be fined if they are found not to be checking arrivals’s test results. People will have to present a negative test result when they check-in with their airline, train company or ferry when entering Britain.

Around 100,000 Brits are currently abroad on holiday and will have to find COVID tests before returning home.

The rules will exclude hauliers, children under 11 and travel crew. On top of requiring a negative COVID-19 test, passengers will also face existing rules meaning they will have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival if travelling from a country outside of the safe travel corridor list of nations.

The new restrictions are aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus, especially from new strains of COVID-19 which are more infectious. The government has now placed restrictions on a dozen African countries in an attempt to prevent the new strain found in South Africa from reaching UK shores.

Read more: Every traveller coming into UK must have negative Covid test or face £500 fine as Brits abroad face scramble to get home - www.thesun.co.uk/news/13681424/travellers-negative-coronavirus-test-uk/

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