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Tests before leaving for GB, aviation sector protests

From next Tuesday, all travelers heading to the UK will have to test negative for Covid-19 upon departure: The London government’s decision, announced yesterday, immediately angered airlines, which it called a “severe blow”. for the sector. BBC reports it. The executive said in a statement that the swab must be carried out a maximum of 48 hours before departure. The new measure, introduced in light of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, applies to all people over 12 years old. “The introduction of pre-departure testing, on short notice, is a huge blow to the business travel industry,” commented Clive Wortton, CEO of the Business Travel Association. “Public safety is a priority, but businesses will fail, travelers will be cut off and (people’s) lives will be destroyed due to the government’s lack of coherent plans,” the director added. For its part, the British airline association, British Airways, described the measure as “premature”, stressing that it “will hit the sector and passengers before we have complete data” on the effects of the Omicron variable.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport, England. (Photo by Adrien Denis/AFP)

Currently, travelers to the UK are only required to self-isolate until they are tested negative within two days of arriving in the country. The government also announced that Nigeria will be included in the red list of countries as of tomorrow.

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