New Covid rules for people arriving from China begin today as cases skyrocket – Manchester Evening News

Strict coronavirus measures are being introduced as China experiences a surge in cases
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The government has introduced new Covid travel rules for passengers arriving in England from mainland China. Travellers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before they leave China from today (January 5).
According to the latest rules set out by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, all travellers aged 12 and over will need to take the test no more than two days before travelling to England and they must show the result to their airline. Border Force may also ask passengers to show the results upon arrival in England.
The decision comes as China has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases following its decision to scrap its ‘zero covid’ policy. The country plans to relax border restrictions next week, allowing people to travel to and from China.
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There are concerns that this could mean new variants being introduced to the UK. Several other countries have also brought in Covid measures for travellers arriving from China to prevent the spread of different strains.
The Covid-19 rules will apply to all direct and indirect flights originating from mainland China, this includes those which stop in Hong Kong or Macao. It also applies to travellers who are transiting through England.
Passengers must provide the original test result notification, which needs to be in either English, French or Spanish. The test result can be a printed document or an email or text message on your phone. Travellers must not use NHS-provided tests.
The test result must include the following information:
Passengers must retain the test result until they have passed through the UK border. Those who do not follow the rules could be fined.
From January 8 some passengers aged 18 or over travelling from mainland China and arriving at Heathrow Airport will be invited to take a voluntary test to monitor for potential new variants.
There are no rules or requirements currently in place for travellers from all other countries and territories.
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