United Kingdom to require all incoming travelers to have negative COVID test and quarantine starting Monday

Beginning Monday, the United Kingdom for at least the next month will require all incoming travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine.

The news came Friday, just hours after the country enacted a ban on travel from all of South America as well as Portugal and Cape Verde after the emergence of a new strain of the virus in Brazil.

“If you come to this country, you must have proof of a negative COVID test you have taken in the 72 hours before leaving and you must have filled in your passenger locator form and your airline will ask for proof of both before you take off,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference at 10 Downing Street. “You may also be checked when you land and face substantial fines for refusing to comply. And upon arrival, you must then quarantine for 10 days, not leaving your home for any reason at all or take another test on Day 5 and wait for proof of another negative result. We will be stepping up our enforcement both at the border and in-country.”

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