All international arrivals to the UK will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test to tackle the new Omicron variant, the health secretary has announced. Sajid Javid said that tightened requirements will come into force from 4am on Tuesday 7 December.

Travellers will need to submit evidence of a negative lateral flow or PCR test to enter, which must have been taken a maximum of 48 hours before the departure time. People currently only need to self-isolate until they test negative within two days of arrival.

The Scottish and Welsh governments also confirmed that people arriving in Scotland and Wales from abroad will also need to take a pre-departure Covid test. The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed it intended the rules to apply to all the devolved nations.

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