British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the UK will close all travel corridors to protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new Covid-19 strains.
The new measures will take effect from Monday.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference this evening, he said: “It is vital to take these extra measures now when, day-by-day, we are making such strides in protecting the population.”
Currently, travellers are allowed to enter the UK without quarantine if arriving from a number of safe destinations.
However, all arrivals will now be expected to isolate for ten days when entering the country.
Also from Monday, all passengers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result before travelling to the UK.
The test must be taken within three days of departure.
The government has said this is also to help protect against new strains of Covid-19 circulating internationally and to identify those who may currently be infectious.
Responding to the announcement, Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said: “Travel corridors were a lifeline for the industry last summer and the government were right to bring them in when they did.
“But things change