All international arrivals to the UK will again be required to take pre-departure COVID-19 tests to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant, the health secretary has announced.
The rule applies to all travellers visiting the UK or returning from a holiday, regardless of vaccination status, and will come into force from 4am on Tuesday 7 December.
Sajid Javid said it was because of an “increasing number of cases linked to travel”.
Nigeria is also being added to the travel red list – joining several southern African nations which were added after the Omicron variant was first detected late last month.
That change comes in from 4am on Monday, with Mr Javid saying Nigeria “is second only to South Africa for cases linked to Omicron”.
Mr Javid acknowledged that the measures are “hugely unfortunate” for people who already had travel plans, but insisted that they would be “temporary”.
“We want to remove them as soon as we possibly can,” he added.
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