Travel Trade Journal

UK lifts all COVID testing requiremen­ts for vaccinated travellers


Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against the coronaviru­s COVID-19 can now enter the United Kingdom without undergoing any coronaviru­s testing.

British residents and visitors who have had at least two doses of an approved Coronaviru­s vaccine now only need to fill out a passenger locator form before travelling to the UK.

Unvaccinat­ed people still have to take tests both before and after arriving, but no longer need to self-isolate until they get a negative result.

Airlines and other travel firms hailed the change as a lifeline after two years of severely constricte­d travel. But some scientists worry the government is moving too fast. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservati­ve government lifted most domestic rules last month.

Face masks are no longer mandatory in most indoor spaces in England. Vaccine passports for gaining entry to nightclubs and large-scale events were scrapped, as was the official advice to work from home.

Other parts of the UK Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have also lifted most restrictio­ns. Johnson announced that he hopes to lift the final restrictio­n of mandatory selfisolat­ion for people who test positive by the end of February as part of a plan to live long term with COVID-19.

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