Grace period granted for COVID-19 pre-departure test for UK Nationals traveling from SKN to England
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Grace period granted for COVID-19 pre-departure test for UK Nationals traveling from SKN to England

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that a grace period is in place until (today) Monday, January 18th, 2021 for travelers whose journey originates from St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  

 

Passengers from these countries arriving in England, by Monday morning will be allowed entry without a negative COVID-19 test. 

 

In a revised statement from the UK government, it reads and I quote “From 4:00 a.m. on 18th January, if you intend to travel to England, Scotland or Wales, including UK nationals returning home from travel abroad, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival. All other current entry requirements and restrictions continue to apply.” End quote. 

 

The announcement, also advises that if UK travelers have been somewhere that is not on the travel corridors list in the 10 days before they arrive in England, travelers will need to self-isolate, regardless of their pre-departure test result. 

 

After January 18th,  passengers that arrive in England without a pre-departure negative test result and operators for transporting non-compliant passengers, will be fined £500.00 (which is equaled to $ 1,835.58 EC), according to the statement.