Arrivals from Great Britain and South Africa will continue to require a negative/not detected PCR test AND must continue to isolate for 14 days, even if they take a second test after arrival.
The Government has announced tightened controls on travel into the Republic amid the Covid-19 pandemic, extending pre-departure testing to all countries.
Anyone flying to the USA will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials have announced.
The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to sign today or Wednesday an order requiring all worldwide passengers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before boarding flights to the United States, a federal health official tells CNN. The government will set out the standards that these tests will need to meet and what proof passengers will need to present.
Passengers still have the option to reduce their self-isolation period as part of the Test to Release scheme launched last month, unless they have been in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the 10 days prior to their arrival in England. Carriers may deny boarding to those who do not have a negative test result. The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England to ensure that passengers are fully compliant.
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The new rule is similar to one put in place last month for passengers from the U.K.to the USA, which requires that passengers have a negative test within three days of boarding their flight.
There are issues with testing availability and capacity, so some countries will initially be exempt. Referring to this, Britain's Transport Minister Grant Shapps said that such a move has been taken to prevent the spread of imported cases of the new variants of Coronavirus.
THE United Kingdom has imposed a £500 fine on any passenger who fails to adhere to new regulations on pre-departure testing.
All travellers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form before arrival into England.