Pre-departure Covid-19 testing will now be required for everybody travelling to England from 04:00 GMT on Monday.
The brand new laws had been because of come into pressure tomorrow, however the authorities mentioned the delay was essential “to organize”.
These arriving by aircraft, practice or boat, together with UK nationals, must take a check as much as 72 hours earlier than leaving the nation they’re in.
Anybody arriving from locations not on the journey hall listing should nonetheless self-isolate for ten days – a lot to the dismay of the hospitality sector.
Scotland is ready to undertake the identical strategy to worldwide travellers, whereas Wales and Northern Eire are anticipated to announce plans for pre-arrival testing within the coming days.
Asserting the change on Twitter, transport secretary, Grant Shapps, mentioned: “To present worldwide arrivals time to organize, passengers might be required to offer proof of a unfavourable Covid-19 check earlier than departure to England from Monday 18th January at 04:00.”
Shapps additionally reminded travellers to fill out the Passenger Locator Kind – utilized in observe and hint – and added that these with out proof of a unfavourable check confronted a wonderful of £500.
UPDATE: To present worldwide arrivals time to organize – passengers might be required to offer proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 check earlier than departure to England from MONDAY 18 JANUARY at 4am
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) January 13, 2021
Issues with testing availability and capability imply some international locations will initially be exempt.
As an example, the requirement is not going to apply to travellers from St Lucia, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda till 04:00 GMT on January twenty first.
Travellers from Falkland Islands, Ascension Islands and St Helena are exempted completely.
Hauliers are exempt to permit the free circulation of freight, as are air, worldwide rail and maritime crew.
There’s extra data from the federal government on which kinds of check might be accepted here.