President Joe Biden has rolled back travel quarantine to combat the omicron Covid variant, as the US announced more stringent pre-departure testing for all incoming passengers.
US administration Expected to announce It would require all passengers to submit a negative antigen or PCR test within one day of their departure to the United States, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated.
The move comes on the heels of the first US case of Omicron, with a fully vaccinated American in California testing positive seven days after returning from South Africa on November 22.
The new system reduces the time allowed for pre-departure testing from the current 72 hours for fanatic passengers, which could increase costs if they have to demand quick results.
Travelers who have been fully vaccinated to the US are required to take pre-departure testing no more than three days before travel, while non-vaccinated people are required to take a pre-departure test within one day prior to their flight.
this step Less cruel than the UK, which requires all passengers, including those who have been fully apprehended, to quarantine until they have a negative result from a PCR test taken within two days of their arrival in the UK.
However, the US move may fuel Boris Johnson’s demands to introduce pre-departure testing as a more effective way to prevent Omicron’s arrival in the UK.
Wednesday afternoon that Sage Scholars Advised Earlier this week, pre-departure testing – which was canceled over a month ago – could be a “valuable” weapon in preventing the import of the new alternative.
However, it could fuel demand for Boris Johnson to conduct pre-departure tests to prevent Omicron from making it to the UK. Sage scientists advised this week that pre-departure testing – which was canceled over a month ago – could be a “valuable” weapon in preventing the import of the new alternative.
The US move adds to the restrictions travelers face as new border rules come into effect across France, Spain and Portugal this week amid fears of the omicron variant spreading.
From Thursday, Spain banned all unvaccinated Britons from entering the country; Previously they could visit by showing evidence of a negative PCR test. Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlasca noted “there are new forms of the disease” in the move.
From Saturday, all UK holidaymakers arriving in France must show evidence of antigen negative (lateral flow) or a PCR test, regardless of their vaccination status. Portugal requires a pre-travel PCR or antigen test for all arrivals to the UK, with a €300-800 fine for those who do not comply.
Pre-departure testing is not excluded in the UK
Health Minister George Freeman told BBC Radio 4’s Todayp program on Thursday that the government had not ruled out re-introducing pre-departure testing.
“We are monitoring the data closely and will update the guidance as needed,” he said. “Scientists advise. The Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers and the Minister of Health [Sajid Javid] You have to make really tough judgments to balance health and the economy.”
Labor is pressing the government to reintroduce pre-departure testing as shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper warned the government to be too slow to take action to prevent omicron variant entries into the UK.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that ministers fail to take action at the border while even their advisors are asking them to take pre-departure tests,” she said.
“It can’t be right for people to travel to an airport, board a busy flight, wait in line at crowded departure gates, and travel on UK trains and buses all without a test.”