Arrivals from Spain advised to use PCR as pre-departure test

Arrivals from Spain advised to use PCR as pre-departure test
Government recommends move in latest update to international travel rules

Arrivals from スペイン and its islands are advised to use a PCRテスト as their pre-departure test before returning to the UK, as part of the latest update to the government’s traffic light lists for international travel.

The move is being taken as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the coronavirus variants in the country, with the B.1.621 and Beta variants causing particular concern.

PCR tests are thought to be preferable because, in the case of a positive test, genomic sequencing can be used to detect and learn more about variants of concern.

All travellers setting a course for the UK must currently present a negative Covid test prior to departure; しかしながら, a cheaper, quicker lateral flow test has been deemed sufficient for those arriving from all other countries.

Rising cases in Spain in recent weeks led to fears, prior to this latest government announcement, that Spain could join France in the special “amber plus” category, necessitating quarantine for all returning travellers, 予防接種の状況に関係なく.

But the category appears to have been shelved, with France moved back onto the regular amber list in the latest update.

With Spain staying on the amber list, under 18s and adults who have had both COVID-19 vaccinations in the UK, US or EU more than two weeks before departure are able to avoid quarantine when arriving in the UK.

Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to self-isolate at home for 10 days and take a PCR test on days two and eight.

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: 「私たちはこのウイルスと一緒に暮らすことを学びながら、海外旅行を安全に再開するための措置を講じ続けています。, 最新のデータと専門家の公衆衛生アドバイスに基づく.

「ワクチンはすでに予防されています 60,000 死と 22 イギリスでの百万の感染症, そして以上で 7 に 10 英国の成人は今、私たちが病気に対する防御の壁を構築していることを二重にジャブしました.

「より多くの国をグリーンリストに移動するだけでなく, today’s announcement also demonstrates the need for continued caution.”