Canada Coronavirus / Great Britain: Tests to shorten the duration of travelers 'isolation

08:40  24 november  2020
08:40  24 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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If your test for coronavirus is positive you will be asked to share your contacts with the NHS Test and Trace service If you test positive, additional self- isolation requirements apply. If you arrive in the UK from a non-exempt country, territory or island without symptoms, but develop symptoms on day 4.

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SANTE-CORONAVIRUS-GB-VOYAGES: Coronavirus / Great Britain: Tests to shorten the duration of travelers' isolation


LONDON (Reuters) - England will set up, as from December 15, a new system allowing people arriving from countries considered to high health risk of testing for the coronavirus and reducing their isolation period to five days if the test is negative.

Airlines and many companies in the tourism industry have been calling for several months for a mechanism to be put in place, denouncing the devastating impact of the compulsory 14-day isolation period which was deterring travelers .

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Travellers arriving from almost all other countries must self-isolate on entry to the UK. Madeira and the Azores (if travellers cannot show proof of a recent negative test , they will be tested on The Joint Biosecurity Centre - set up by the government to monitor coronavirus - works with the chief medical

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors. List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate. We will keep the conditions in these countries, territories and regions under review. If they worsen we will reintroduce self- isolation requirements.

"This move will give passengers the confidence to book international travel, knowing that they will be able to return home and isolate themselves for a shorter period of time if they have tested negative," the government said on Tuesday in a statement. communicated.

The screening plan is available to all passengers arriving from countries that are not on the government's "safe list", such as France, Italy and Spain, as well as popular tourist destinations. British.

People traveling to England by plane, boat or train as of December 15 and wishing to take advantage of this measure will need to make a reservation for a screening test with a provider approved by the government. They will have to pay for the test.

Otherwise, travelers must always be in isolation for 14 days.

British Airways welcomed the new measure as "an important step in the right direction".

(Estelle Shirbon and Sarah Young; French version Jean Terzian)

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