Pre-Departure CCP Virus Tests Not Required for UK Arrivals: Transport Secretary

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The UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps defended the government’s determination to not necessitate each travellers entering the UK to pre-departure tests.

Shapps suggested that jumping the weapon connected mandating pre-departure tests would unnecessarily “kill disconnected the question assemblage again.”

After the Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus was discovered successful South Africa, the UK authorities has reintroduced mandatory self-isolation and a post-arrival trial for afloat vaccinated arrivals who bash not travel from a state connected the “red list.”

Only British oregon Irish citizens and residents are allowed to question from the red-list countries, and those to bash are taxable to mandatory edifice quarantine, a pre-departure test, and a fig of post-arrival tests.

Asked if he’s “keen” connected the thought of pre-departure tests for each planetary arrivals, Shapps told The Telegraph’s “Chopper’s Politics” podcast that portion “lots of countries bash require” the tests, the UK is not requiring it astatine the moment.

“Do you privation to termination disconnected the question sector—again—without knowing that you request to? Or bash you privation to instrumentality the close level of calibrated response? And this authorities thinks we should instrumentality a calibrated effect which doesn’t instrumentality america close backmost to the opening of this,” Shapps said.

Travellers from a red-list destination and each different big travellers who are not considered afloat vaccinated are inactive required to instrumentality a pre-departure test.

Asked if unvaccinated radical volition ‘find beingness progressively difficult” successful the UK, the transport caput said helium believes COVID-19 certificates volition inevitably beryllium the “norm” successful planetary travel, drafting a parallel with yellowish fever vaccination arsenic a request of introduction successful countries implicit the years.

“Can you spot betwixt present and adjacent summer, Spain saying: ‘Don’t worry?’ It’s not going to happen, is it? So clearly, you request your booster [for overseas holidays],” helium said.

Shapps urges radical to support booking their holidays arsenic agelong arsenic they tin get flexible tickets and accommodation successful lawsuit their plans person to alteration connected abbreviated notice.

As of Friday, 59 Omicron cases person been identified successful Britain. England and Scotland each person 29 cases, portion Wales detected its archetypal lawsuit connected Friday.

The lawsuit successful Wales is recovered to beryllium linked to planetary travel, but the cases successful Scotland are linked to “several antithetic sources including a Steps performance astatine the Hydro connected Nov. 22,” according to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is simply a freelance writer mostly covering UK quality for The Epoch Times.