Mandatory negative COVID test to enter Britain - NationNews Barbados

Henrietta Strickland
January 14, 2021

At present, arrivals from Britain and South Africa are required to provide proof of a negative PCR test for Covid-19, taken within a 72-hour window prior to their arrival.

Arrivals will be allowed into the United Kingdom without a negative Covid test this weekend after passenger panic forced ministers to delay their plan for tighter border controls.

Worldwide travellers arriving into England, from Friday, will require a negative Covid test before being granted entry.

The UK requirement went into effect last month and airlines can be subject to criminal penalties if they fail to comply.

The United States has joined a string of other countries requiring worldwide arrivals to take a pre-flight COVID test as it attempts to slow the introduction of new variants.

Effective January 26, air passengers are required to get a test done within the three days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline.

Even with the recent uptick in travel, the number of scheduled global flights to the United States is down sharply.

People are being encouraged by their public health authorities to not travel, even domestically, said Henry Hartevedlt, a travel analyst for Atmosphere Research Group.

When contacted last night, Tourism Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar said while the new requirement will no doubt be an added concern for visitors, he "breathed a sigh of relief" that the United States would allow travellers to get a PCR or antigen test for entry, the latter of which is cheaper and has a quicker turnaround time.

The DfT also published a list of jobs exempt from the testing regime, including hauliers, defence staff, and travel crew.

The new rule would not apply to the Common Travel Area, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Exemptions will be limited to those now exempt from testing requirements, such as worldwide transport workers - including hauliers, pilots and aviation crew, masters and maritime crew - and members of An Garda Síochána in the course of their duties.

British nationals in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St Lucia can return home without a negative COVID-19 result, at least until January 21.

Mr Courts said: "Measures are likely to be in place until the end of the current lockdown, although a review will take place before the end of that period".

He added: "With the addition of pre-departure testing requirements, our already robust system to protect against imported cases of coronavirus is further strengthened and will provide the greatest overall protection against the risk of transmission during travel to England and after arrival".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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