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Sajid Javid announces pre-departure Covid tests for travellers to England

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Sajid Javid announces pre-departure Covid tests for travellers to England

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announces that travellers to England face pre-departure tests.

Mr Javid said all international arrivals to the UK will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to tackle the new Omicron variant.

The health secretary said the tightened requirements will come into force from 4am on Tuesday 7 December.

Travellers will need to submit evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test to enter, which must have been taken a maximum of 48 hours before the departure time.

Self-isolation is only required until the traveller tests negative within two days of arrival.

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