Boris Johnson announced updated measures, including PCR tests for all international arrivals and self-isolation for contacts of suspected Omicron cases. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading globally, and the UK is trying its best to control its spread.
The measures include PCR tests for all international arrivals and self-isolation for contacts of suspected Omicron cases. It is not enough to check a passenger’s temperature on the docking station when they pass UK border at Green Channel. Once they go through the border, they must undergo a PCR test as well. If a passenger has a fever, they must go through secondary testing and isolation at home for 14 days.
The government is trying to hamper the spread of the Omicron variant
Not much is currently known about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Many believe it’s weaker than the Delta variant, but it could be more contagious. The Omicron variant has been spreading globally, starting in South Africa.
Travelers should expect testing and other inconveniences when they enter the UK. Many travelers from the UAE feel that it is inconvenient to go through lengthy testing just for a vacation. However, travelers should expect multiple tests and a long process when they enter the country, especially if they come from countries not affected by Omicron coronavirus. Testing will continue, and travelers would best prepare themselves for all of it.
Self-isolation is expected from those who may have contacted someone exposed to Omicron
If you contact someone who had Omicron in the past, you will be required to stay isolated in your home for 14 days. You may contact your doctor if you have an emergency but will be required to remain in isolation.
Travelers would better prepare themselves for all of the inconveniences to come when they enter the UK. You may be required to undergo several tests and self-isolate if necessary.
UK citizens must abide by the new rules when returning home from abroad
Foreigners aren’t the only ones who must pass a coronavirus test and self-isolate if they’ve been in contact with someone who was exposed to Omicron. Even UK citizens must take these measures when they reenter the country. They must ensure that they are free from the Omicron variant before returning home. Fortunately, the virus has a low mortality rate, and most people recover quickly.
There is no reason to worry when you arrive at UK’s borders. If you have been exposed to someone with Omicron, you should follow the instructions of border officials.
The UK is doing this to protect its citizens from the Omicron strain
Although the UK is trying its best to protect itself from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, there are other reasons it is doing this.
The UK has been criticized for not protecting itself from the Delta variant that killed many people. However, the UK is doing its very best to catch the virus before it spreads, including the Omicron variant.
Although the UK is not known to be a challenging country to travel through, there are still some inconveniences you may have to face when you go through all of the tests. There is a chance that the UK’s close contact rules could affect your travel plans.
Travel well, and prepare for all of the inconveniences that may come.