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Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

Created: 8th Jan 2021

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said:

 “We welcome today’s Government announcement that from next week all international passengers including UK nationals will have to test negative for Covid-19 before travelling to the UK.  Safety is our key priority and the introduction of pre-departure testing helps in protecting our nation at this key time.   We look forward to a time when measures can be reduced and eventually removed as the vaccine is progressively rolled out which will help remove uncertainty and allow people to travel Internationally more freely.”

 

Key points: 

 

  1. All international arrivals, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for entry into the UK
  2. Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
  3. All passengers arriving from countries not on the Government’s Travel Corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of test result
  4. Passengers will still be required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

To read the Government's press release click here.