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Traveller arrives from South Africa with ‘no checks’ now Patel launches probe

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
9th Feb 21 3:54 pm

A woman who flew from Johannesburg, South Africa to Heathrow Airport claims that she was not checked for a negative Covid test.

Sharon Feinstein said that she got through the UK border control within “10 minutes” and was “shocked” that it appeared no one was there to check her passenger locator form and madatory documents.

Speaking to Good Morning Britiain, Feinstien said, “I was shocked really. I had everything ready, I was fully expecting it to take around an hour.

‘I had my negative Covid test, I had my passenger locator form, I had various other forms they might ask for.

‘We were all queuing up then I was ushered towards the electronic booth… I was literally through there in 10 minutes.

“Nobody was there. The people who were there were rushing around saying, ‘into that queue into that queue, that’s for foreign nationals.’ I was looking around for someone to show my test to, just anything, there was nobody.”

She is now self-isolating in line with the UK’s guidelines, and she claims that she has not as yet received a call from Test and Trace to enusre she is following the rules.

She added that no passenger is allowed to get on a flight in South Africa without a negative test.

She said, that “I had all my documents, everybody in South Africa, third world country, checked me.

“They are really on top of the virus, The difference is phenomenal.”

Labour MP Yvetter Cooper told Matt Hancock in the House of Commons, “Yesterday the home secretary told me in parliament that 100% compliance checks were now taking place at the border.

“Yet one passenger arriving at Heathrow yesterday from South Africa via Qatar has reported having no checks on her forms or tests and being sent on her way through passport e-gates.”

The Heath Secretary replied, “The home secretary is looking into this individual case and the measures that we announced today further strengthen the enforcement to make sure that the rules that are currently in place are enforced more strongly and indeed that we have brought in a new system of rules to strengthen the safeguards at our border yet further.”

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