Protecting everyone against the Omicron variant

Today, new measures come into effect to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant – taking precautionary steps to bolster our wall of defence against Covid-19.

  • The Omicron variant is a stark reminder that we are not yet out of this pandemic, and we must take steps to protect the gains we have made in our fight against the virus. 
  • That is why, from 04:00 today, new measures to slow the spread of the variant come into effect – all travellers to the UK will be required to take a lateral flow or PCR test before their departure, and will not be allowed to travel if they receive a positive result, and measures will be reviewed once further data about Omicron is available.
  • While experts continue to assess the Omicron variant, and the government will take further steps if necessary, vaccines remain our first line of defence and everyone who is eligible to come forward for their booster jab is encouraged to do so.


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