Jet2, easyJet, Emirates, Ryanair, TUI: new country added to UK red list as Covid test rules change

New travel rules come into effect this week as the UK continues to try to stop the spread of the new Omicron variant.

160 cases of the new variant were located in the UK last week and the government has already enforced stricter rules such as masks in public spaces.

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However, from Tuesday, December 7, stricter rules will be in place for foreign travelers.

It was announced on Saturday December 4 that all travelers to England will require a Covid-19 pre-departure test from Tuesday.

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In addition, Nigeria is added to the government’s travel red list.

Starting at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, all people aged 12 and over must take a COVID-19 PCR or LFD (lateral flow) test before traveling to England from abroad.

The test must be taken within two days of travel to England.

This applies whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

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Some people, including children 11 and under, are exempt from taking the test.

Before traveling to England you must also have booked and paid for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England.

You cannot use an NHS test for your PCR test because you must use a private test provider.

Today (Sunday, December 5), a scientist said it was “too late” to stop the spread of the variant in the UK.

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