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Resumption of Pre-Arrival COVID Testing

Last week, the world was put on notice, a potentially faster-transmitting variant of COVID-19 (#Omicron). Since then, the UK and other countries have reportedly seen an exponential increase in the numbers infected with this new variant.

As a further precaution and attempt to curb the variant from spreading, the Government has announced a resumption of pre-arrival COVID testing for all travellers coming to England irrespective of their #vaccination status.

From 4 am 7 December 2021, all travellers, including those fully vaccinated or boosted, will be required to show proof of a negative PCR or LPD test before they depart for the UK. The test must be taken within two days before the individual travels to England.

All tests must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.

Some people and those aged 11 or younger are exempt from taking the test. Details of the exemption can be found here.

The Government has stressed that pre-arrival tests' resumption is precautionary and temporary. In any event, travellers must ensure that they follow the ever-changing rules to avoid being caught out and prevented from travelling to England.

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