The United Kingdom asks all travelers who arrive in England from today a negative test for covid-19, even if you have the complete vaccination schedule, a tightening of the restrictions that the authorities justify by the expansion of the omicron variant.
Measure, which establishes a maximum period of 48 hours before the trip to carry out the test, It will affect all people over the age of 12, regardless of whether they have completed the covid-19 vaccination schedule or not.
The British Government announced this Saturday that it will reintroduce the obligation to undergo a coronavirus test before traveling to England for all people, including those with the full vaccination schedule. The Minister of Health, Sajid Javid, pointed out on Twitter that the measure is taken to try to “slow down the incursion of the omicron variant” of covid-19. The measure will take effect at 04:00 on Tuesday, December 7.
And – from 4am Tuesday, anyone travelling to the UK from countries not on the Red List will be required to take a pre-departure test, regardless of their vaccination status. 2/3
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) December 4, 2021
Last week, England made masks mandatory again in some public spaces, such as shops and means of transport, and started demanding a PCR test again within two days of arrival to all travelers.
The Executive, which had eliminated the tests prior to the trip at the beginning of October, will also add from the early hours of next Tuesday to your red list of destinations to Nigeria, which joins South Africa and five neighboring territories in that category.
“In the last few days the last days we have detected a growing number of cases (of omicron) linked to trips from Nigeria,” said Javid, who detailed that so far there are 27 cases in Ingalterra linked to the African country, “the second after of South Africa in terms of ties to omircon “.
Javid assured that the measures announced today are “temporary” and hopes to eliminate them “as soon as possible.”
So far, around 160 cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the Undian Kingdom, which this Saturday reported 42,848 new infections in total, after two consecutive days above 50,000 infections.
Darias appeals to coordinate restrictions in the EU without clarifying if Spain considers asking for PCR
On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has appealed this Tuesday to the coordination between countries of the European Union to agree on the restrictions due to coronavirus without clarifying whether Spain is in favor of requiring a negative PCR or imposing other measures on vaccinated Europeans that they travel to their territory, as partners like Portugal are already doing.
“Any action at the European level has to be coordinated in the European Union, Spain will be in what is decided within the European Union “, The minister has indicated to questions from journalists upon arrival at the meeting of European Health Ministers held in Brussels.
With the introduction of the EU Covid Certificate last July, The Twenty-seven agreed that this document would allow Europeans to move without additional restrictions within the Schengen borderless area.