From 0400 GMT on Tuesday, anybody travelling to the UK should present proof of a adverse lateral stream or PCR take a look at taken inside the final 48 hours earlier than boarding a flight, the well being ministry mentioned late Saturday.
This may apply to travellers aged over 12 from any nation. At the moment travellers should take a PCR take a look at inside two days of arrival.
The reintroduction of obligatory pre-departure testing prompted an offended response from the journey trade.
The Enterprise Journey Affiliation mentioned that the measure could be a “hammer blow”, whereas the Airport Operators Affiliation mentioned that “pre-departure exams are a devastating blow, as they deter individuals from travelling”.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab advised Sky Information that he knew the brand new measure was a “burden for the journey trade” however burdened the UK wanted to behave.
“We have got to take the measures focused forensically to cease the brand new variant seeding on this nation to create an even bigger downside.”
The federal government has vowed it “will take additional decisive motion if essential to include the virus and new variant”.
The UK earlier banned flights from South Africa and put 10 African nations on its crimson checklist, which means solely UK and Irish residents or UK residents can journey from there to the UK. Nigeria will be a part of the checklist from Monday.
Consultants cautioned that journey restrictions and bans is not going to halt the virus unfold.
Statistician David Spiegelhalter, a College of Cambridge professor who co-authored a historical past of the pandemic, advised Sky Information that “journey restrictions for the time being are solely going to sluggish issues up just a little bit.. however they don’t seem to be going to cease it (Omicron) and it may are available in”.
England has made masks obligatory once more in retailers and on public transport in response to the brand new variant, with 160 Omicron circumstances confirmed for a lot within the UK.
The UK has additionally prolonged its booster programme to make all adults eligible.