From now on, everyone, including the residents, returning to the United States via air, rail and boat, will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 result from a test that has been taken within 72 hours before departure. Travelers who previously had Covid-19 and have recovered must show a letter from a doctor or health department indicating they have been cleared to travel.
The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England.
The Government has announced tightened controls on travel into the Republic amid the Covid-19 pandemic, extending pre-departure testing to all countries.
People travelling to England from overseas will have to show they have tested negative for coronavirus before being allowed to enter the country from Friday.
Passengers still have the option to reduce their self-isolation period as part of the Test to Release scheme launched last month, unless they have been in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the 10 days prior to their arrival in England.
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National lockdown restrictions which came into force on 6 January 2021 remain in place meaning everyone must stay at home unless travelling for a very limited set of reasons, including for work.
It requires travelers to be tested within three days before leaving for the USA and to provide written documentation of a negative result. Passengers who arrive at the border without proof of a negative result will be subject to an immediate £500 fine. This decision reflects current infrastructure challenges in these countries, including limited COVID-19 testing capacity and heightened demand for tests.
At least 72 cases of a variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been found in 10 USA states, according to data posted Monday by the CDC.
This is critical in being able to track the virus in case of any local outbreaks, and those who fail to complete a passenger locator form will be subject to an increased fine of £500.