UK's tough new border rules come into force

Emma Cooke
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All UK arrivals must now present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test - Getty
All UK arrivals must now present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test - Getty

The UK's tough new testing rules came into effect this morning, with all international arrivals now required to show a negative Covid test or face a potential £500 fine.

The legislation is intended to protect against the spread of coronavirus variants, after two new forms of the virus were recently discovered in Brazil.

A quarantine is also still in place for all UK arrivals, consisting of 10 days – but shortened to five if a second negative test result is obtained. Currently, no one is able to bypass this quarantine due to the removal last week of all the UK’s travel corridors.

More spot-checks have also been ordered to check that people are quarantining, and all exemptions to the policy – including the controversial separate rules for business travel – have also been removed.

While the travel industry has spent the past year calling for an effective testing regime, many business leaders are still despairing over the continued use of a quarantine.

Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, CEO of the Airport Operators Association Karen Dee warned that the new measures will make little difference to the industry currently – because quarantine is the “biggest deterrent” against booking trips, rather than testing.