Vaccine passport for international travel branded ‘discriminatory’

Vaccine passport for worldwide journey branded ‘discriminatory’

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The International Workplace (FCDO) has began updating its varied journey recommendation pages with info on the place Britons overseas can get a Covid take a look at earlier than they return to the UK, stories Oliver Smith.

From 4am on Friday, all arrivals might want to current proof of a detrimental take a look at, taken as much as 72 hours previous to departure, or face a high quality of as much as £500. Solely now, lower than 48 hours earlier than the brand new guidelines come into pressure, is the FCDO offering help on discovering a testing clinic – and it nonetheless hasn’t confirmed what kind of checks will probably be accepted. 

The next paragraph has been added to quite a lot of particular person nation pages, together with a hyperlink to an exterior web site providing extra particulars: “If you return, you have to observe the guidelines for coming into the UK. You might be chargeable for organising your personal Covid take a look at, according to UK authorities testing necessities. You need to contact native well being authorities for [country] for info on testing services.”

For Dubai, travellers are directed to the Dubai Well being Authority’s basic contact web page, for instance; for Singapore, the exterior web site – particularly about pre-departure testing – is significantly extra useful, with a full listing of clinics offered. 

To this point the pages for Egypt, UAE, Pakistan, China (the place travellers are warned “you’ll be separated out of your youngster if certainly one of you checks optimistic for coronavirus”), Malawi, the US, Mauritius and Australia have been up to date this afternoon.