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International arrivals may be required to produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before entering the UK under plans being considered by the Government.
“We are looking at further options to restrict international travel,” senior cabinet minister Michael Gove told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday, following the announcement of a new lockdown in England, which includes a ban on non-essential travel.
Mr Gove said the Government was considering how it can “make sure that our ports and airports are as safe as possible”.
He added that he had spoken to the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure the nations have a “coordinated approach” on the issue.
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport told Telegraph Travel: “Protecting public health in the UK is of the utmost importance and we are looking at what additional measures could be taken with regards to international travel.”
As it stands, arrivals from countries not included on the UK’s list of travel corridors have to isolate for 10 days. However, under the test and release scheme introduced in December, this can be shortened to five days with a negative Covid test.
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