United Kingdom has imposed a nation- wide lockdown till February due to new COVID-19 strain in the country. And to curb the spread of the new strain, several countries have banned flights to and from the UK. Now, the UK updates its entry rules for travellers entering England and Scotland. Soon travellers entering by air, land or sea in the country will have to present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before entering the country.
People Failing To Follow UK’s Updated Rules Will Have To Pay A Fine Of AED 2,496
As per the updated rules, people who fail to produce the covid-19 negative certificate will have to pay a hefty fine. The fine is set at £500 (AED2,496) and applies to any traveller, except a small few. Children under 11, crews and those who travelled from counties without available testing infrastructure, are exempted from this rule. In terms of the corridor agreement between the UAE and UK, not much has changed there; travellers will still not need quarantine on arrival, provided they haven’t been anywhere not on the corridor list in the previous two weeks. However, taking a test is now a mandate.
International Travel For Vacations Is Not Allowed In The UK
London’s Heathrow Airport chief executive, John Holland-Kaye welcomed the new testing rules, telling Sky News,
“We have long called for pre-departure testing as an alternative to quarantine. t is much better that we know before people get to the UK that they don’t have COVID, they can travel by more confidence on the plane knowing that all the other passengers don’t have COVID, and that way we can keep our borders secure.”