Jet2, TUI, easyJet and Ryanair: COVID-19 travel tests will be dropped for full arrivals before mid-term

The government is urged to speed up the end of Covid testing for fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK.

Pre-departure testing before returning home is no longer required for those bitten and Day 2 testing has changed from PCR to lateral flow under recent changes.

Day 2 testing is also set to be scrapped entirely for those completely stung, just in time for the midterm break, with an announcement scheduled for Wednesday, January 26.

Read more: France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands new travel rules as restrictions are eased

All arrivals will still need to complete a passenger locator form, WalesOnline reports.

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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has confirmed the end of Plan B rules introduced to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant as he charts a course towards an end to travel restrictions.

This includes the immediate removal of advice to work from home and the relaxation of face mask mandates.

Mr Johnson has promised details of the travel testing rules will be released within days.

He said: ‘We are certainly looking at testing arrangements for travel and the health secretary will be making a statement in the coming days.

“It’s very important that everyone in the country understands that getting your booster wherever you want to go in the world is going to be a pretty crucial thing to do.”

But ministers have been urged to speed up the process and scrap Day 2 testing for fully vaccinated international arrivals at the next travel review due at the end of the month.

Other developments will include requiring a third ‘booster’ dose of the vaccine for anyone wishing to travel without testing.

Decentralized nations will likely follow.

The moves have been widely welcomed by the holiday industry.

Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport

Tourism body UKinbound called testing on return to the country a “barrier to recovery” and said other European countries, including Ireland, had already ended testing for vaccinated arrivals.

But Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, added: ‘Ministers have said all the right things about needing to get on with our lives – this seems to be the final hurdle to getting there.’

A UK government spokesperson has defended the decision not to immediately drop end-testing for arrivals in England.

The spokesperson said that at this point in the pandemic, it was important to maintain an additional layer of surveillance “for any new variants.

Restrictions remain for British holidaymakers, with many overseas countries requiring a compulsory Covid-19 test before entry, regardless of vaccination status.

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