The UK will close all of its travel corridors from Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.
The UK currently has a system in operation whereby people arriving in the UK from countries on the travel corridors list (a list of countries with a low prevalence of COVID-19) do not automatically need to self-isolate. However, the closing of the corridors from Monday means that anyone flying into the UK from overseas will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
Also from Monday, most international arrivals to the UK will have to provide proof of a negative Coronavirus test within 72 hours of the start of their journey before they will be allowed into the country.
The closure of the UK’s travel corridors was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference from Downing Street on Friday evening. Mr Johnson said the action was needed “to protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Coronavirus, adding that the new rules will be in place until at least 15 February.
The new measures are to be effective across the UK, following an agreement between the devolved administrations. The measures come amid concerns of a number of international Coronavirus variants, believed to be more transmissible than previous variants of the virus.
The tightening of travel restrictions also comes as the UK responds to a serious moment in the Coronavirus crisis, with more than 37,000 people currently in its hospitals for Coronavirus related reasons.