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All remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions in the UK are to be lifted this week following an announcement from the Transport Secretary today (14 March).
The government will remove restrictions on international travel for all passengers ahead of the Easter holiday, meaning no one entering the UK will need to take tests or complete a passenger locator form.
From 4am on Friday (March 18) all restrictions will be lifted and reflect the decisions set out by the government in the Living with Covid-19 plan, as well as the successful roll out of the vaccine and booster in the UK with 86% having received a second dose.
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The lifting of restrictions means those arriving in the UK will no longer need to complete a passenger locator form. This also means that those who are not vaccinated no longer need to take a pre-departure test and a post-arrival test on the second day.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘The UK is leading the world in removing all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, and today’s announcement is testament to the hard work that everyone in this country has put in place to deploy the vaccine and protect themselves. .
“I said we would not keep travel measures in place any longer than necessary, which we are delivering today – providing more welcome news and greater freedom for travelers ahead of the Easter holidays.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the travel industry and partners around the world to advance international travel.”
To ensure the protection of public health, the government has said it will keep a series of measures in reserve. If they needed it, they would use it to take swift action to delay any future harmful variants of Covid-19 entering the UK.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “As we learn to live with Covid, we are taking further steps to reopen international travel ahead of the Easter holidays.
“We will continue to monitor and track potential new variants and maintain a pipeline of measures that can be deployed quickly if necessary to ensure our safety.
“We can remove these latest restrictions thanks to the incredible success of our vaccination program which has seen more than 8 in 10 adults across the UK boosted.”
Going forward, the government’s approach will be to use the least stringent measures to minimize the impact on travel. The measures would only be implemented in extreme circumstances.
Tim Alderslade, Managing Director of Airlines UK, said: “Today’s announcement sends a clear message to the world that the UK travel industry is back. With travelers returning to the UK no longer burdened with unnecessary forms and testing requirements, we can now expect a return to pre-Covid normality throughout the travel experience.
“We are grateful for the timing of the announcement as we prepare to welcome back passengers over Easter and the summer, for which we know there is huge pent-up demand, and for the leadership of the UK as the first major aviation market to remove all remaining restrictions.
“The time to get back to the skies – to enjoy all that makes aviation and international travel great, for families and businesses – is now.”
Although there are no border health measures on arrival in the UK from March 18, other countries are at different stages of the pandemic and many are still requiring passengers to comply with requirements .
Travelers should continue to consult GOV.UK travel advice, including travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), to keep up to date with other countries’ entry requirements.
Passengers are also encouraged to carefully review the booking conditions for flexibility in changing bookings before purchasing tickets. People will continue to be able to access their vaccination and recovery records through the NHS COVID Pass for use when traveling abroad.