Ireland to require negative COVID-19 test from all travellers

COVID-19: People arriving in England need negative tests to enter country from Friday

New test rule for UK arrivals from Friday

The check must be undertaken within 72 hours before arrival.

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to sign today or Wednesday an order requiring all global passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the United States, a federal health official tells CNN.

The UK explained that passengers would still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and subject to national lockdown restrictions.

The commission noted that the new regulations announced on Sunday were in response to the changes seen in the transmission of the virus both domestically and across the globe.

Mr Shapps further added the step is in line with the existing mandatory self-isolation period for passengers returning from high-risk countries, and pre-departure test, which will help provide a further line of defence, and help them control the virus, as they start rolling out the vaccine over the coming weeks.

Previously, only travellers from Great Britain and South Africa had to provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test.

For the United Kingdom requirement that went through last month, airlines can be subject to criminal penalties if they fail to comply, and passengers can be subject to criminal penalties if they willfully give false or misleading information. The government will set out the standards that these tests will need to meet and what proof passengers will need to present.

However, this may be lifted on receipt of a negative/not detected result of a second PCR test taken no less than five days after arrival.

The new rules apply to nearly every country in the world, including those on England's travel corridor list, and further compliance checks are due to be conducted by Border Force staff. On arrival back into the UK, Border Force will check passengers test results through the current spot check regime, to ensure that individuals are compliant with the new rules, and passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500.

There are issues with testing availability and capacity, so some countries will initially be exempt. Those found flouting the rule will be fined up to £500.

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