Every single UK travel corridor will be closed from 4am on Monday, Boris Johnson has announced.
Travellers from all countries must offer proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken in the previous 72 hours and must take another test after 5 days of self-isolation.
The decision comes after a number of new strains were detected in the UK – including one that started in Brazil and another that was found in South Africa.
The Prime Minister told a Downing Street press conference today: ‘It’s precisely because we have the hope of that vaccine and the risk of new strains coming from overseas that we must take additional steps now to stop those strains from entering the country.
‘Yesterday we announced that we’re banning flights from South America and Portugal and to protect us against the risk from as-yet-unidentified strains we will also temporarily close all travel corridors from 0400 on Monday.
‘Following conversations with the devolved administrations we will act together so this applies across the whole of the UK.’