UK: Mandatory PCR tests for visitors strike tourism sector
(MENAFN) The mandatory PCR tests for all visitors to the UK have been characterized as a "huge blow" to the tourism sector.
The steps are intended to give researchers further time to study the Omicron variant, however, there are concerns that they will impede the retrieval of a sector that has been hurt badly by the coronavirus epidemic.
The increased price of testing, as ABTA declared, will have an impact on client demand for vacationers, making new ambiguity for buyers.
People landing in the UK who came from any of the 10 nations that the government has put in a red list, must now spend ten days in a government-confirmed hotel, at an expense of USD3.048, beginning on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4 a.m.
"While ABTA understands that this is a rapidly evolving situation and public health must come first, the decision to require all arrivals to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative result is returned is a huge blow for travel businesses," an ABTA representative responded in a statement.
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