The Govt of the United Kingdom on Saturday announced that from 4 am Tuesday (07th Dec 2021), anyone traveling to the UK from countries, not on the Red List will be required to take a pre-departure test, regardless of their vaccination status.
It must be noted that the negative lateral flow or PCR test should be taken within the last 48 hours before boarding a flight to the UK.
This new rule will be applicable for all travelers aged over 12 from any country. Currently, people only need to self-isolate until they test negative within two days of arriving.
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid also said that From 4 am Monday, only UK/Irish citizens & residents traveling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must isolate in a managed quarantine facility.
COVID UPDATE— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) December 4, 2021
In light of the most recent data we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the Omicron variant.
From 4am Monday, only UK/Irish citizens & residents travelling from Nigeria will be allowed entry and must isolate in a managed quarantine facility. 1/3
The health secretary said the government’s strategy since the discovery of the Omicron variant had been to “buy time” to assess and to “put in place protective measures”, adding: “We’ve always said that we would act swiftly should new data require it.”
UK’s New Travel Requirements
As per the new requirement announced by the UK, pre-departure testing has come into effect in the UK from December 7 at 4 a.m.
All flyers aged 12 or above must take a PCR or LFD Covid-19 test before they travel to England from abroad.
- The test must be taken within two days of travel date to England.
- This new requirement applies regardless of vaccination status.
- Some people, including children aged 11 and under, are exempt from taking the test.