Tests for arrivals

Travel faces new clampdown in latest Covid battle

travel industry protestor

Travel trade workers called for support in June and are doing so again (pic: Terry Murden)

Travellers heading to the UK will need to take a Covid test before their departure as the government takes tough action to limit the spread of the virus.

Scotland will fall into line with the new rules which come into effect at 4am on Tuesday and demand evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test taken within 48 hours of travelling.

Currently people only need to self-isolate until they test negative within two days of arriving.

Travel-related businesses were dismayed by the decision, saying the damage was “incalculable” and calling for more government help.

But there was cross-party support for the measures that aim to avoid previous mistakes caused by allowing international travel to continue.

Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said: “We have always said it may be necessary to quickly implement fresh measures to protect public health in Scotland, particularly with regards to international travel, and these restrictions are proportionate and necessary to that aim.

“We fully understand the impact the changes will have on staff and businesses in the travel and aviation sectors, particularly as the new variant came at a time when we were beginning to see some signs of recovery.  We will not keep the restrictions in place any longer than is necessary.”

Nigeria will be added from Monday to the red list of countries from where people arriving must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Over the recent days we have learnt of a significant number of growing cases linked to travel with Nigeria.

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