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Pre-departure testing is again required for ALL international arrivals to the UK

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ALL travelers to the UK must undergo lateral flow or PCR Covid testing 48 hours prior to departure in the new anti-travel crackdown starting Tuesday to combat the Omicron variant

  • All international arrivals in the UK are required to take a Covid test before departure
  • The measures will take effect on December 7 from 4 a.m. for all travelers
  • Sajid Javid said the tests are due to ‘increasing number of travel-related cases’
  • It’s because Nigeria will be added to the UK’s red travel list from 4am on Monday










All international arrivals to the UK will again have to undergo Covid pre-departure testing to tackle the Omicron variant, the health secretary has confirmed.

The new rule will apply to all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, visiting the UK or returning home from a holiday.

The measures, which Sajid Javid says are “temporary,” will come into effect from 4 a.m. on December 7, according to Sky News.

Mr Javid said the increased measures are being introduced due to an “increasing number of travel-related cases”.

Acknowledging that the measures are “hugely unfortunate” for those who already have travel plans, he added: “We want to remove them as soon as possible.”

It is because Nigeria will be added to the UK’s red travel list from 4 a.m. Monday, joining several South African countries.

All international arrivals to the UK will again have to undergo pre-departure testing to tackle the Omicron variant, health secretary has confirmed

Mr Javid said Nigeria is “second only to South Africa in matters related to Omicron”.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Covid crisis has painted a mixed picture today with deaths falling, but government data continues to show cases and hospitalizations rising.

Figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show that 127 people have died from the virus today, a decrease of 3.1 percent from last Saturday’s total of 131.

But 42,848 new infections were recorded in the country in the past 24 hours, an increase of 8.3 percent from 39,567 registered last week.

It is the fourth day in a row that the number of cases has risen across Britain, with officials discovering 75 new cases of the Omicron variant in England yesterday, bringing the total number in the UK to 134.

And the number of people hospitalized with the virus has also risen 5.6 percent in a week to 812 on Tuesday, with the latest data available.

The Omicron variant has now been discovered in 38 countries, but has not yet caused any deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

The Omicron variant has now been discovered in 38 countries, but has not yet caused any deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

NHS bosses revealed that Britain’s accelerated booster program to protect against the Omicron Covid variant will only start in nine days, with mounting pressure on the target of reaching all adults by the end of January.

UKHSA data showed that 372,577 booster doses were distributed across the country yesterday, bringing Britain’s total to 19.8 million people – 34.4 per cent of the eligible population.

The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) said all adults should be eligible for boosters three months after their second dose, reducing the six-month waiting period.

But the booking service for the shots has yet to be updated, and adults who got their shot three months ago may be forced to wait until December 13 to arrange their third dose.

Ministers have set a target of distributing 500,000 doses per day to meet the January target, but if capacity is not ramped up until mid-December, it will not be achieved until February 8 at the current pace of the rollout.

Experts hope No10’s ‘steroid booster program’ will help prevent Britain’s rising Omicron infections from translating into serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths.

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