Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing strategy for international arrivals announced

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing strategy for international arrivals announced

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that the coronavirus (COVID-19) testing strategy for international arrivals is live. From 15th December 2020, passengers arriving into England can pay for a private test from a provider on the list to potentially shorten their self-isolation. This will give passengers the confidence to book international trips knowing they will be able to return home and insolate for a shorter period if there is a negative coronavirus result.

Shapps announced that passengers arriving from locations that are not listed on the government’s travel corridor, can now take a private test five full days after leaving the non-exempt place to release themselves from self-isolation, but only if there is a negative result.

All passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train who have been in a non-exempt location in the past 10 days and receive a negative result on or after day five can immediately finish self-isolation. However, must follow domestic rules in their local area.

The government wants to protect the capacity of NHS Test and Trace. International arrivals must wait for five full days since leaving the location not on the travel corridor list before taking a test, to allow for a materially better result to reduce risks of a false negative result.

On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom Accreditation Services accreditation will become mandatory for providers offering commercial coronavirus testing in England.

Source: Tests to Release for International Travel goes live

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