NEW DELHI: The US and the UK have made it compulsory for all incoming passengers, including those from India, to have a negative Covid-19 test report or proof of recovery from the contagion amid the rising number of Omicron cases.
In the US, the new protocol will come into effect from December 6. The UK will execute the measures from December 7.
US travel requirements
Indian officials said the updated requirements of the US apply to all passengers over two years old.
The amended order will be effective for flights departing to the US from a foreign country at or after 10.31 AM IST on December 6.
Passengers will have to show a negative test report of Covid-19, not of more than 1 day before travel. The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure.
In the absence of a negative report, passengers will have to make documentation of having recovered in the 90 days before boarding their flight.
UK travel requirements
The new pre-departures testing requirements will come into effect in the UK from December 7 at 4.a.m. All flyers aged 12 or above must take a PCR or LFD Covid-19 test before they travel to England from abroad.
The test should be taken within two days before travel to England.
This requirement applies regardless of the vaccination.
Some people, including children aged 11 and under, are exempt from taking the test.