Passengers have to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result
PCR tests on arrival are now mandatory for all travellers to the UK.
The new regulations, imposed from today (30 November), are in response to the emergence globally of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and apply to all arrivals, including those who are fully vaccinated.
Passengers flying from the UAE into the UK will be required to take a PCR test within two days of arrival and then self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. Previously, only a lateral flow test was required on arrival and passengers did not have to self-isolate.
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The move comes as the UK government announced a tightening of Covid-19 restrictions, with UK transport secretary Grant Shapps taking to Twitter to confirm that the government was “taking extra measures to protect public health”.
Commenting on the new measures, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they would be reviewed in three weeks’ time.