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Negative COVID-19 test rule before arriving in England pushed back to Monday

FILE PHOTO: Travellers look at the information boards at King's Cross station, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - A pre-departure COVID-19 test rule for passengers entering England will come into effect from Monday instead of this week, transport minister Grant Shapps said in a tweet late on Wednesday.

“Passengers will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before departure to England from Monday 18 January At 4am,” Shapps wrote in his tweet.

“Passengers must remember to complete a Passenger Locator Form before arriving back into England,” Shapps said, adding that passengers would face a fine of 500 pounds ($682.30) if they do not provide proof of negative test.

Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill

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