Covid travel tests to be axed in England for vaccinated arrivals

News / Mon 24th Jan 2022 pm31 06:35pm

PEOPLE arriving in England from abroad will no longer have to take Covid tests if they are fully vaccinated, the government has confirmed reports the BBC.

The changes will be introduced from 4am on 11 February “in time for the half term break”, said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Rules have also been eased for unvaccinated travellers, who will no longer have to take a day eight test. 

However, they will still need pre-departure and day two tests. 

And everyone arriving in England, regardless of vaccination status, will need to fill in a passenger locator form – although these would be made “simpler and easier” to complete, Mr Shapps said.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Shapps said the move would save families about £100 on visits abroad, as well as boost the beleaguered travel industry.

“Today I can confirm that our international travel regime will now be liberalised as part our efforts to ensure that 2022 is the year in which restrictions on travel, on lockdowns and limits on people’s lives are firmly placed in the past,” he said.

“From 4am on February 11, and in time for the half-term break, eligible fully-vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will no longer have to take a post-arrival lateral flow test.

“That means that after months of pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing, self-isolation, additional expense, all that fully vaccinated people will now have to do, when they travel to the UK, is to verify their status via a passenger locator form.”

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