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NZ to require pre-departure Covid-19 tests for most countries starting next week | 1 NEWS

The requirement for a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test before coming into New Zealand will come into force at 11.59pm on Monday, Government officials announced today. 

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It is another layer of border defence, says Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
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It does not include Australia, Antarctica or most Pacific Islands. Currently it only applies to the US and UK.

If passengers from outside the exempted countries arrive into New Zealand without proof of a negative test or medical certificate, they could be fined up to $1000 from February 8.

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COVID-19 hotel quarantine from high-risk countries to start in U.K. from Feb. 15

Arrivals to the U.K. from “red list” countries will be forced to quarantine in hotels under tough new measures introduced amid mounting concerns over the spread of new overseas strains of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.



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From Feb. 15, anyone traveling to the U.K. from 33 countries on its travel ban list, will have to spend 10 days in hotels or other accommodation provided by the government.

The quarantine plan will affect returning U.K. residents and nationals traveling from these countries, who cannot be denied entry, the government said. Non-U.K. travelers are already banned

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