From Friday 4am GMT, arrivals in the UK will no longer be required to submit travel details or undergo a PCR test, even if they have not been vaccinated.
The UK government will lift all remaining international travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic from next Friday, including the requirement for travelers to complete a mandatory Passenger Locator Form before entering the country. From Friday 4am GMT, arrivals in the UK will no longer be required to submit travel details or undergo a PCR test, even if they have not been vaccinated. The change would remove the remaining rules for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and another test two days after arrival.
“The UK is leading the way in lifting all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, and today’s announcement is testament to the hard work everyone in this country has done to roll out the vaccine and protect each other” , says British Transport Secretary Grant. Shapps on Monday night. “I said we would not maintain travel restrictions any longer than necessary, which we are delivering today – more welcome news and more freedom for travelers ahead of the Easter holidays. I look forward to working with the travel industry and partners around the world to keep international travel moving,” he said.
The Easter holiday in April is a popular holiday season in the UK and the changes are timed to help families make travel plans without the need for additional requirements. “As we learn to live with COVID-19, we are taking further steps to reopen international travel for the Easter holidays,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid.
“We continue to monitor and monitor potential new variants and maintain a reserve of measures that can be deployed quickly if necessary to keep us safe. We can lift these last restrictions thanks to the incredible success of our vaccination programme, which has boosted more than eight in ten adults in the UK,” he said.
According to official figures, 86 percent of the UK population has received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 67 percent of the population has had a third supplemental booster dose. of “emergency measures in reserve,” which would allow for “rapid and proportionate” action to delay future harmful strains of COVID-19 entering the country. According to officials, the standard approach going forward will be to use the “least stringent measures”, as appropriate, to minimize the impact on travel as much as possible, with emergency measures only being implemented in extreme circumstances.
All remaining mandatory hotel quarantine capacity will also be fully released from the end of March. Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said: “The announcement sends a clear signal to the world – the UK travel industry is back. With travelers returning to the UK no longer burdened with unnecessary forms and testing requirements, we can now rejoice on the return to pre-COVID normality during the travel experience.
“We are grateful for the timing of the announcement as we prepare to welcome passengers back this Easter and summer, for which we know there is massive pent-up demand, and for the UK’s leadership as the first major airline market to capture all of the remaining limits. The time to return to the skies – to enjoy everything that makes aviation and international travel great, for families and businesses – is now.”
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