Pre-departure test to be scrapped for arrivals from China

By Lisa James
20/03/2023
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Travellers flying into England from mainland China will not have to show a negative pre-departure test from next month.

The Foreign Office has updated its guidance to say the rule will end at 23:59 BST on 4 April.

The change comes into effect three months after the rule was introduced.

An average of 99 people per flight have been tested since then, totalling 3,374 passengers, the Government said.

Of those, 14 positive cases were identified, but none was deemed to be a variant of concern.

In addition, the Department of Health and Social Care said that, from Friday 17 March, over 18s arriving at Heathrow Airport from mainland China will ‘no longer be invited to take a voluntary test on arrival’.

However, people flying into the UK from China via other countries need to check the travel advice for the relevant country, the FCDO warns.

Last week, there were China is preparing to reopen to UK tourists, although the FCDO has not updated its advice.

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