British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has introduced the UK will shut all journey corridors to guard in opposition to the chance of as but unidentified new Covid-19 strains.
The brand new measures will take impact from Monday.
Talking at a Downing Road press convention this night, he stated: “It’s vital to take these further measures now when, day-by-day, we’re making such strides in defending the inhabitants.”
At present, travellers are allowed to enter the UK with out quarantine if arriving from numerous safe destinations.
Nevertheless, all arrivals will now be anticipated to isolate for ten days when getting into the nation.
Additionally from Monday, all passengers might be required to current a destructive Covid-19 check outcome earlier than travelling to the UK.
The check should be taken inside three days of departure.
The federal government has stated that is additionally to assist shield in opposition to new strains of Covid-19 circulating internationally and to establish those that could at the moment be infectious.
Responding to the announcement, Tim Alderslade, chief govt of Airways UK, the business affiliation representing UK-registered carriers, stated: “Journey corridors have been a lifeline for the business final summer season and the federal government have been proper to deliver them in once they did.
“However issues change and there’s no doubting it is a critical well being emergency and ministers must act to maintain borders secure and the general public protected.
“We due to this fact assist this newest measure, on the idea that we are going to work with authorities – when the time is correct – to take away these restrictions when it’s secure to take action and begin to open up our sector once more, to assist the financial restoration.”
The feelings have been echoed in feedback from UKinbound chief govt, Joss Croft
He stated: “Client security is paramount and though the elimination of all journey corridors is regrettable, given the present trajectory of the virus it’s an comprehensible choice.
“With our borders successfully closed, the federal government wants to supply pressing, tailor-made assist for the inbound tourism business.
“It merely can not afford to proceed excluding it from assist channels, given its propensity to help the financial restoration after we can journey once more.”
He added: “To save lots of the summer season season, it’s additionally crucial that authorities indicators that these new measures are solely short-term, and that it consults with business to place in place a transparent roadmap to reopen the sector, when it’s secure to take action.”
All travellers from South America, and Portugal, have been additionally earlier banned from entry into the UK.