January 21, 2022 5:37 pm

Great Britain relaxes restrictions on the entry of tourists: how are the requirements and since when do they apply

LONDON.- The British government announced today a relaxation of restrictions on travelers arriving in England from abroad, imposed after the appearance of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

As of Friday, travelers will no longer have to present a negative coronavirus test before boarding for Great Britain and, if they are vaccinated, they should not isolate themselves while waiting for the result of a test carried out after arrival, announced in the prime minister Briton, Boris Johnson, before Parliament.

Johnson justified that some of the restrictions imposed when the CoV-2 omicron variant was discovered now have “a limited impact”, given that the mutation is increasingly prevalent in the country.

For this reason, it decided to abolish the requirement to arrive in the country with a negative diagnostic test, a measure that will take effect on Friday morning.

Regarding the isolation until a negative PCR is obtained, the British government replaced this test with a rapid test, which will have to be carried out no more than two days after arriving in the United Kingdom. If positive, they would have to resort to a PCR.

According to Johnson, the diagnostic test required to enter the country currently “discourages” many travelers, who are “afraid” of “being trapped abroad and incurring significant extra expense,” reported the Sky News network.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts a virtual press conference to update the nation on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, in the Downing Street briefing room in central London on January 4, 2022. – British hospitals have switched to a “war footing” due to staff shortages caused by a wave of Omicron infections, the government said Tuesday, as the country’s daily Covid caseload breached 200,000 for the first time. (Photo by Jack Hill / POOL / AFP)JACK HILL – POOL

On the other hand, the British premier confirmed that the current restrictions will be in force for another three weeks. The limitations, which include the mandatory use of a chinstrap, teleworking whenever possible and the need to present the vaccination certificate to access certain limitations, will be reviewed on January 26.

The United Kingdom Ministry of Health registered 194,747 new cases of Covid-19 today, a figure lower than the more than 218,000 reported yesterday, although the data suffers an imbalance these days due to the Christmas period. Likewise, the British health authorities registered 334 new deaths from coronavirus.

According to official data, more than 13.8 million people have been infected in the United Kingdom since the pandemic began, while more than 149,000 died.

So far, 82.6 per cent of the British population have the full vaccination schedule and more than 60 per cent have already received the booster dose of the serum.

AFP and DPA agencies


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