Saturday 16 January 2021 7:30 AM UTC
LONDON Jan 16: From January 18 all passengers coming into UK airports faces stringent checks to fight the Covid pandemic. Measures put in place include every passenger coming in to the UK having to provide Covid Negative test certificate and also self isolate.
The tighter border restrictions unveiled by Boris Johnson are aimed at protecting the progress made with the rollout of vaccines. They come as new coronavirus variants continue to be found around the world and amid what Mr Johnson described as “extraordinary” pressure on the NHS.
It had already been announced everyone travelling to the UK from Monday will need to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Under the new rules, quarantine exemptions for arrivals from certain countries will end, meaning people will also have to self-isolate on arrival for 10 days, unless they have a negative test after five days.
This will be backed by more spot checks to ensure people are remaining in self-isolation, however, people will still be allowed to use public transport to get from airports to their homes.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the suspension of travel corridors but added: “I think many people will say ‘Why on earth didn’t this happen before?’ Many countries have taken this step before we did. Right step, but slow again.
“We are still in a very serious situation, the infection rates are going up, the NHS is really struggling. Therefore everybody has to comply with the government guidance.”
The new regime will be in place until at least 15 February and the government has also said it will continue to impose flight bans from countries where new variants are formally identified.
It came as it was revealed more than 3.2 million people have been given the first dose of a vaccine – nearly one in 20.
Almost 45% of over-80s had received a jab and nearly 40% of care home residents.
However, the prime minister warned that “it would be fatal if this sense of progress were now to breed any kind of complacency because the pressures on our NHS are extraordinary”.
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