People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in.
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Even with a negative test, arrivals from countries not on the travel corridor list must still quarantine.
Mr Shapps said the government was “very keen” to set up compulsory testing now because of the new variant of the virus circulating in South Africa, which he said was “causing great concern with the scientists”.
“They’re not sure whether for example the vaccine will be able to deal with it in the first place, and we’re very, very keen to keep it out,” he told BBC Breakfast.
The new measures are expected to come into force across the UK from next week, and “as soon as possible” in Scotland.
It comes after a further 1,162 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported in the UK – the second consecutive day of more than 1,000 recorded fatalities. There were also 52,618 new cases.
Amid the surge in cases, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to offer “hundreds of thousands” of Covid vaccines per day in England by 15 January.
Under the new rules, anyone who arrives in the UK and has not got proof of a negative test could face an immediate £500 fine.
But there will be exemptions for:
All passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list must still self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their test result.
Mr Shapps told LBC the testing rule will come into force “likely on Wednesday or Thursday next week”, and details of how to get tests abroad will be published on the gov.uk website.
The rule will be UK-wide, although non-essential travel to and from Scotland and Wales is already banned. Northern Ireland said it had “agreed in principle” and was working to solve any policy and operational issues.
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