The new testing regime was originally meant to begin at 4am on Friday, however, this has now been delayed until Monday. Those looking to enter England will be required to show proof of a negative covid test at least 72 hours before you start your journey to England. The Government website states: “For example, if you travel on Friday, you must take a test no earlier than Tuesday.”
If arrivals don’t have proof of a negative covid test, they may not be allowed to enter the country.
Anyone who arrives in England without proof of a negative test result could be fined £500.
However, the new rules have been delayed until 4am on Monday after passengers on long-haul flights rushed to find tests in time, according to the MailOnline, with many fearful that they could incur the hefty fine.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter last night the new date will give visitors time to “prepare”.
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He said: “To give international arrivals time to prepare, passengers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure to England from MONDAY 18 JANUARY at 4am.”
The Government website states that if you are arriving in England before this date, “you are under no legal obligation to get a test before you travel”.
Travellers will also not be denied boarding for failing to provide proof of a negative covid test and will not be fined.
However, the Government is “encouraging” travellers to comply with the guidance and get a test if they can.