London’s Heathrow airport, among the biggest in Europe, commenced its rapid COVID-19 testing scheme for passengers on outbound flights.
Known as the LAMP saliva test, it is not required to be processed in a laboratory and is available for a total of £80 per passenger. Before arriving at Heathrow, passengers have been asked to register online in order to receive this test.
Last week, the British government removed Italy from its travel corridor list. This means that passengers arriving from Italy must self-isolate for up to 14 days upon entering the UK.
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However, how timely and efficient are these measures? Travellers from Spain, Pakistan and within the UK share their stories.
I do feel the restrictions are needed. It’s a world pandemic that’s affecting so many people but I do think that they (the government) need to re-evaluate the way they have gone about it and whether it’s actually working – Hannah, student in London
Words & Audio: Zakia N | Subbing: Warshma