UK keeping its borders open for now: Environment minister

UK keeping its borders open for now: Environment minister

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Travellers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan 17, 2021. The UK will close all travel corridors from Monday morning to protect against the coronavirus with travellers entering the country from overseas are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test. (Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON: Britain is keeping its borders open for now, environment minister George Eustice said, after speculation that the country could be completely shut to arrivals, after it recently tightened requirements for travellers to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"It's right that we are cautious about travel, but we don't think it's right at the moment to close it down altogether and close the border," Eustice told LBC radio on Friday (Jan 22).

Britain's current lockdowns ban most international travel while new rules introduced on Monday require a negative pre-departure test for travellers plus a period of quarantine on arrival.

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Source: Reuters/kv

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