The United Kingdom which has been plagued of recent with a  high increase of covid-19 cases has taken action to curb the spread of the virus by imposing a mandatory covid-19 test to all International arrivals arriving the country either by  train, plane or boat or from any part of the world, starting from next week.

As part of the new measures announced on Friday to contain the spread of new variants of coronavirus circulating internationally, It is now required that any one who wishes to depart his/her country to the United Kingdom will have to take a covid-19 test up to 72 hours and must prove negative to Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for the UK. And failure to take the test will deny boarding and passengers could be subject to a fine of 500 pounds if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.

In a statement, the UK  Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said; “We already have significant measures in place to prevent imported cases of Covid-19, but with new strains of the virus developing internationally we must take further precautions,

“Taken together with the existing mandatory self-isolation period for passengers returning from high-risk countries, pre-departure tests will provide a further line of defence – helping us control the virus as we roll out the vaccine at pace over the coming weeks,” he said.