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Heathrow and Gatwick: New travel rules require passengers to take Covid test before flying to UK

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Heathrow and Gatwick are set to make big changes to their travel rules to try to stop the spread of the new variant of the Omircon coronavirus.

The rules were put in place by Health Secretary Sajid David and will start from Tuesday, November 7 at 4 a.m.

The new rules mean that anyone arriving in the UK will have to take tests before departure and at the same time the UK travel red list has also been added by the Health Secretary.

READ MORE: Heathrow and Gatwick set to make big changes to their travel rules to try to stop the spread of the new variant of the Omircon coronavirus.

The rules were put in place by Health Secretary Sajid David and will start from Tuesday, November 7 at 4 a.m.

The new rules mean that anyone arriving in the UK will have to take tests before departure and at the same time the UK travel red list has also been added by the Health Secretary.

Sajid Javid has announced that Nigeria will be added to the travel red list and that 160 cases of the Omicron variant have been found in the UK – including 130 in England.

Pre-departure tests – to be taken no more than 48 hours before departure time, will apply to all travelers arriving in the UK.

At the same time, Nigeria will be added to the travel red list, meaning only UK citizens or residents can enter the UK from Nigeria, and those who do must self-quarantine in a hotel.



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Previously, Dr Jenny Harries, Executive Director of UKHSA, had said: ‘The increased case detection through targeted contact tracing has identified and confirmed more cases of the Omicron variant, as we have seen. have seen in other countries of the world.

Mr Javid said: “We have kept the data under review since last week, when we heard about Omicron, and we are seeing an increasing number of travel-related cases.

“And again, we’ve always said that we would act quickly if necessary, if the changing data demands it. And that’s why we decided to make this change to pre-departure testing.”

Mr Javid stressed that the measures would be temporary and would be removed “as soon as possible”.



Covid test panel at Heathrow Terminal 5 where authorities hope to crack down on Omicron variant
Covid test panel at Heathrow Terminal 5 where authorities hope to crack down on Omicron variant

When asked why the government had waited so long to introduce the new measures, he said it was “important to have a balanced approach”.

He said: ‘The measures we introduced around this time last week which were around the day two PCR tests when everyone comes to the UK and everyone is self-isolating until you get a negative result, and some of the other actions around the red list, I think was the correct answer.

“But when the situation changes, if it requires more action, it is only fair that the government act quickly.”

Mr Javid confirmed that British travelers already in Nigeria should put measures in place through the managed quarantine system, and directed them to the government website for more information.

But Mr Javid said people should “continue” with their Christmas plans and enjoy the holiday season “as usual”.

Sajid Javid has announced that Nigeria will be added to the travel red list and that 160 cases of the Omicron variant have been found in the UK – including 130 in England.

Pre-departure tests – to be taken no more than 48 hours before departure time, will apply to all travelers arriving in the UK.

At the same time, Nigeria will be added to the travel red list, meaning only UK citizens or residents can enter the UK from Nigeria, and those who do must self-quarantine in a hotel.

Previously, Dr Jenny Harries, Executive Director of UKHSA, had said: ‘The increased case detection through targeted contact tracing has identified and confirmed more cases of the Omicron variant, as we have seen. have seen in other countries of the world.

Mr Javid said: “We have kept the data under review since last week, when we heard about Omicron, and we are seeing an increasing number of travel-related cases.

“And again, we’ve always said that we would act quickly if necessary, if the changing data demands it. And that’s why we decided to make this change to pre-departure testing.”

Mr Javid stressed that the measures would be temporary and would be removed “as soon as possible”.

When asked why the government had waited so long to introduce the new measures, he said it was “important to have a balanced approach”.

He said: “The measures we introduced around this time last week which were around the two day PCR tests when everyone comes back to the UK and everyone is self-isolating until you get a negative result, and some of the other actions around the red list, I think was the correct answer.

“But when the situation changes, if it requires more action, it is only fair that the government act quickly.”

Mr Javid confirmed that British travelers already in Nigeria should put measures in place through the managed quarantine system, and directed them to the government website for more information.

But Mr Javid said people should “continue” with their Christmas plans and enjoy the holiday season “as usual”.

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