United Airlines to demand destructive COVID-19 exams for travel from Britain

United Airlines to demand destructive COVID-19 exams for travel from Britain

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CHICAGO (Reuters) -United Airlines said on Thursday that travellers on its flights from London Heathrow to the United States ought to present a destructive COVID-19 examination taken inside of 72 hours of departure commencing Dec. 28.

The final decision follows the emergence of a very infectious new coronavirus variant in Britain, which has prompted many nations to shut their borders to travellers from there.

The policy is for travelers more than the age of 5 originating journey from Britain and will not apply to anybody connecting in Heathrow on to a United flight from an additional place.

Travellers will be questioned to exhibit proof of a damaging molecular COVID-19 check or antigen examination, and exact same-working day, pre-flight swift checks will be obtainable for ticketed travellers at a Heathrow screening heart.

Earlier this 7 days customers of a White Property coronavirus activity pressure suggested that the U.S. govt impose COVID-19 screenings for passengers from Britain, but the federal government decided not to consider action, people briefed on the decision informed Reuters.

United at this time has four each day flights from London Heathrow to Chicago, Newark, Washington Dulles and San Francisco, but declared before this thirty day period that it will only work two day by day flights in January, to Chicago and Newark.

(Reporting by Tracy RucinskiEditing by Chizu Nomiyama)