Alarm over Omicron

Winter holidays at risk as Swiss tighten entry rules

Ski-ing trips could be off this winter

Christmas and new year trips abroad have been delivered a further blow after Switzerland tightened rules on entering the country amid rising cases of the Omicron Covid strain.

Britons are among those who must produce a negative Covid test and quarantine for 10 days if they travel to Switzerland. It will throw thousands of ski-ing holidays into doubt.

The move came as a third case of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in the UK. It involves a person who had visited the Westminster area of London but who is no longer in the UK.

The announcement follows new border restrictions in Spain which will require UK residents to be fully-vaccinated to enter the country.  

New travel bans around the world were imposed as Boris Johnson introduces tighter measures to combat the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after two cases were confirmed in Britain.

The prime minister said the restrictions, which include strict travel rules, would be reviewed in three weeks, at the start of the school holidays.

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He told a Downing Street press conference he was confident this year’s celebrations would be “considerably better than last Christmas”, when families were banned from mixing.

He has reintroduced compulsory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport in England along with more testing and more travel bans.

Face masks are already required in shops and on public transport in Scotland.

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