England Cuts Quarantine Time For Travelers With Negative COVID-19 Test

The British federal government will slash the quarantine time for some overseas tourists if they produce a negative coronavirus test after five days of quarantine.

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If they produce a negative coronavirus test after five days of quarantine, the British federal government will slash the quarantine time for some overseas travelers.

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The countrys Foreign, Commonwealth & & Development Office presently encourages against all but essential travel to numerous nations and territories.

International travelers heading to England might cut their mandatory quarantine time by over half under new rules announced by the British federal government Tuesday.

Beginning Dec. 15, particular tourists might cut their 14-day mandatory quarantine to five days if they take a COVID-19 test and the outcomes are unfavorable.

England is currently under rigorous lockdown steps until Dec. 2, following a surge in coronavirus cases. Foreign travel is mainly banned, other than for particular circumstances, such as work and school.

The new system applies to travelers showing up into England from nations, such as the U.S., which are not on the “travel corridor list.” Those getting here from nations on the list are currently exempt from many quarantine requirements.

Englands choice to loosen mandates on tourist quarantine interferes with a system thats been in place since the early days of the pandemic, implemented in an effort to prevent visitors from bringing the infection into the nation.

“Our brand-new screening method will allow us to travel more easily, see loved ones and drive worldwide business. By providing individuals the choice to check on day 5, we are likewise supporting the travel industry as it continues to restore out of the pandemic,” Shapps stated in a statement Tuesday.

The move is the result of Prime Minister Boris Johnsons Global Travel Taskforce, developed earlier this year to find ways to utilize screening to cut down on the self-isolation duration for tourists.

Travelers would have to pay for the test themselves from private providers, which the Financial Times stated costs more than ₤ 100. Those who dont send to a test will need to continue the two-week quarantine mandated by the federal government.

The brand-new method revealed by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is meant to “reinforce global travel” and organization as English airports and regional economies battle to continue running during the pandemic, his workplace said.