Border authorities “will stop Covid checks on green and orange arrivals” – .

Border authorities “will stop Covid checks on green and orange arrivals” – .

Ttravelers arriving in England from Green and Orange List countries would no longer be subject to such strict Covid controls.

Border staff will no longer have to verify whether arrivals have filled out a passenger locator form if the computer system cannot find one, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

A note seen by the newspaper confirmed that electronic border gates “will no longer direct passengers to face-to-face checks by border force officers if a passenger tracking form is not found.”
A passenger tracking form is used by authorities to locate people who may have been in contact with someone with Covid.
The note, which was reportedly sent to staff on July 19, also reportedly suggested that passengers will not have to provide proof of a negative Covid test before flying, or confirmation that they have booked a follow-up test afterwards. their return to the country.
The ISU – the Union for Borders, Immigration and Customs – has since apparently confirmed the Guardian’s information.
Lucy Moreton of the ISU union confirmed that the reported note was accurate to the BBC.
“At the end of the day, this is a political decision,” Ms. Moreton said.
“Certainly this will dramatically reduce wait times and hopefully the level of verbal abuse to which border force personnel are subjected.
“It’s welcome for us. The impact on Covid security in the UK is ultimately a scientific determination. “

Queues at Heathrow earlier this month
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Images posted on social media last week showed long lines of travelers at Heathrow Terminal 5.
An airport spokeswoman said a number of employees were forced to self-isolate.
“Earlier today, we experienced some passenger congestion in departures from Terminal 5, due to colleagues who have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.


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