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Airports: Safety

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL12033, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to accelerate safe travel through UK airports, including through testing and use of other technology.

Answered on

25 January 2021

The Government has introduced mandatory pre-departure testing for international travellers to England from outside the Common Travel Area. Persons arriving in England from 04:00 on Monday 18 January must comply with the new requirement.

Travellers must take a test no more than 3 days prior to departure to England, and will only be permitted to travel if they have proof of a negative result. This action helps to protect fellow travellers from the risk of transmission of Coronavirus during travel itself.

All other border measures, such as completing the passenger locator form and the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival (or 5 days with test to release), remain in place, and must be adhered to regardless of the pre-departure test result.