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Travellers to UK must show negative test

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    From 04:00 GMT on 18 January, people entering the UK must show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken up to 72 hours before boarding their inbound flight. Travellers to UK must show negative test
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From 04:00 GMT on 18 January, people entering the UK must show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken up to 72 hours before boarding their inbound flight.

 

The UK's aviation sector "urgently" needs more government support to survive virus restrictions, industry groups say.

UK to close all travel corridors from 04:00 GMT on Monday, PM Boris Johnson said at Downing Street press conference.

The travel corridors have been in place to allow arrivals from some countries to forgo quarantine.

From Monday all people arriving in the UK will need to isolate for up to ten days, though a negative test after five days can cut it short.

Travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test in previous 72 hours - with new rules in place until at least 15 February.

From 04:00 GMT on 18 January, people entering the UK must show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken up to 72 hours before boarding their inbound flight.

On arrival, most passengers must then quarantine for 10 days, or fewer if they test negative after five days.

The UK has also extended a travel ban to South America, Portugal and many African countries, amid concerns about new, potentially more infectious variants of coronavirus.

But, unlike countries such as New Zealand and Australia, the UK has never banned international travel.

The Home Office says keeping borders open in early 2020 helped businesses to maintain international connections, boosted the economy and meant people could still travel for essential reasons.

It argues that by mid-March 2020 there was "significant transmission" in the UK and any extra travel restrictions at that time would have had a "very marginal" impact.