It is predicted that the novel coronavirus variant will come to the fore by mid-February
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After the early strains of the new variant of coronavirus were traced to travellers returning from Britain, several countries have temporarily suspended flights to and from Britain. This has emerged as a hindrance, preventing British tourists from travelling abroad.
An additional rule too prevents them from travelling home if they test positive for COVID-19. A new law, which is yet to be formally introduced, will make it mandatory for British tourists travelling back home to produce a negative test result not older than 72 hours before they board the flight, boat or even train, to get back to the UK.
Britons who test positive for COVID-19 will have to spend a quarantine period confined to a hotel room, as per the rules of the country they are in, before testing negative and returning back to the UK.
The usual quarantine period in most of the countries is of two weeks. In Italy, travellers have to test negative twice to get out of the quarantine period, while Spain has completely banned British travellers for some time, while Britons already in Spain can fly back to the UK.
Dubai has an isolation period of two weeks.
All Britons travelling back home are required to produce a negative test, and those found guilty of flouting rules will have to pay a hefty fine.
While holidaymakers can be seen globetrotting since the last days of December 2020, there are risks associated with travelling, multiplied with the threat of the new variant of the virus. It won’t be long enough before a lot of Britons might be seen scrambling home due to the new travel regime which will be soon imposed.
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