What travellers need to know about the new omicron variant

Omicron covid-19 testing in airport

New entry requirements to the US

The federal government has revised entry requirements for international travellers. The US has identified cases of the omicron variant within the country.

The White House made an official announcement via a fact sheet posted on their website. The statement refers to the strengthening of testing protocols for incoming international travellers, regardless of citizenship, vaccination status and/or country of origin.

The release stated that from ‘early next week’:

“all international travellers will be required to present proof of a negative test, taken within one day of travel”.

UK brings back PCR tests

Cases of the omicron variant have identified in Germany, Italy, and England. As such, the UK Government has announced tighter measures to help contain the spread. These include:

  • PCR Tests for passengers arriving into the UK
  • More self isolation
  • Mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport

Boris Johnson commented; “We’re not going to stop people travelling, but we will require anyone who enters the UK to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival, and to self-isolate until they have a negative result.”

French government announces new restrictions from 04 December 2021

Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 or over, arriving from non-EU countries including the UK to France, will need to take a pre-departure antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of departure. In addition, visitors must present a negative result in order to travel. This is irrespective of nationality (i.e. the same rule applies for non-EU passport holders and EU passport holders).

Eurostar is extending it’s fee-free exchange until 10 January 2022. This is to accommodate any passengers whom may be affected.


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