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LONDON – Britain and France said on Friday that passengers arriving from China would require negative Covid-19 tests following a surge in infections in China.

From 5 January, Chinese travelers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken at least two days before departure, the UK Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

Separately, France requires travelers from China to provide a negative Covid-19 test result 48 hours before departure, and travelers boarding flights arriving from China must also wear masks. said to be required to wear

France has not set a start date for the measures but will issue a government decree to notify European Union member states.

From January 1, France will also conduct random PCR Covid-19 tests on arrival for some travelers coming from China, government officials told reporters.

movement comes after Beijing’s official data transparency questioned There is concern about the spread of infection.

The UK said airlines must check all passengers from China for testing and passengers will not be allowed to board flights unless they provide proof of negative test results.

The UK and France have joined other countries, including the US and India, in imposing Covid-19 tests on travelers from China.

So do South Korea and Spain. UK and France require arrivals from China to test negative for Covid-19

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