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Omicron variant: negative test required to travel to UK | Coronavirus

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From Tuesday at 4 a.m.,years and over wishing to travel to the United Kingdom will have to present a negative test (antigen or PCR) “,” text “:” any person aged 12 years and over wishing to go to the United Kingdom will have to present a negative test (antigen or PCR ) “}} ‘>anyone aged 12 and over wishing to travel to the UK will need to show a negative test (antigen or PCR) carried out maximum 48 hours before departure in order to slow down the import of the new variant, said the executive in a statement on Saturday evening.

Travelers arriving in the UK must already have a PCR test no later than two days after arrival, and self-isolate until results.

A badly received announcement

This new obligation was badly received by the travel industry, which was just starting to recover from the shock of the pandemic.

Clive Wratten, Group Director Business Travel Association, called her hammer blow for the sector while Tim Alderslade of the Airline Association Airlines UK, judged her premature in the absence of all clinical data on Omicron.

I know it’s a burden on the travel industry, but we’ve made huge strides in this country, with nearly 81% of those over 12 vaccinated and a booster administered to 34% of the eligible population, retorted Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, Sunday on Sky News.

We need to take targeted action to prevent this new variant from taking hold in the country and creating an even bigger problem.

A quote from Dominic Raab, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Series of measures

To counter the Omicron variant, the United Kingdom, one of the most bereaved countries in Europe with more than 145,500 dead since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has stepped up its vaccine booster campaign and reintroduced the port compulsory mask in transport and shops.

From Monday at 4 a.m., Nigeria will also be added to the red list of countries whose travelers are banned from entering the United Kingdom, with the exception of nationals and residents, who will have to observe a ten-day quarantine at the hotel at their expense. This list currently includes 10 African countries.

The UK has so far detected 160 cases of the Omicron variant. Currently, the vast majority of cases have clear links to travel from South Africa and Nigeria, according to the press release.

These measures will be subject to a new assessment on December 20, according to the executive.

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