Travellers arriving within the UK from abroad may quickly be required to show they’ve had a damaging Covid-19 take a look at.
Whereas the process has been commonplace in lots of locations for months, British authorities have up to now proved unwilling to observe swimsuit.
Nevertheless, the division for transport (DfT) stated the measure was now one in all a number of being thought-about to “forestall the unfold of Covid-19 throughout the UK border”.
The information comes as new variants of Covid-19, a few of which unfold extra simply, are inflicting specific concern.
“Further measures, together with testing earlier than departure, will assist hold the importation of latest circumstances to an absolute minimal,” the division for transport added.
It’s thought that haulage drivers coming by ports can be exempt.
Nevertheless, the DfT stated full particulars are nonetheless to be agreed and will likely be set out in “due course”.
Any such measure can be a devolved problem, so the DfT would want to agree a path ahead with Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire to make it UK-wide.
A spokesperson stated: “With a brand new pressure of the virus on the free in South Africa and a extra infectious variant already widespread within the UK we have to do extra.”
The measures had been being mentioned as Boris Johnson imposed the third nationwide lockdown in England earlier this week to forestall the NHS being overwhelmed.