Both the Welsh and the Scottish Government are today calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take a tougher stance on travel, tightening the current restrictions further. Both Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford have penned a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging for an emergency COBRA meeting to discuss the emerging Omicron situation.
The letter lays out concerns with regards to the latest variant and recommends the re-introduction of a DAY 8 PCR test for all arriving passengers.
New restrictions will already come into place tomorrow (Tuesday 30th November) at 4am, which will mean that ALL travellers arriving in the United Kingdom, will be required to carry out a PCR test on OR BEFORE day 2. (Day 0 is arrival day.) A number of countries have also already started to tighten their borders, with Spain only allowing double-vaccinated UK citizens and Switzerland requiring all arrivals to isolate for 10 days. Yesterday, Isreal also confirmed it would be banning all international arrivals.
A response and further details are expected later today.