It’s good news to the global travellers to the UK! The UK government has announced that it will remove the remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers starting from 4am Friday 18 th March.
The UK government has stipulated that:
❖ From now onwards passengers entering the UK are not required to take tests. This step removes the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 post arrival test.
❖ There is no need to complete a passenger locator form.
❖ From the end of March, the remaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be withdrawn. Contingency plans have been implemented to manage any future variants of concern (VoCs).
This makes the UK one of the first major economies to end all COVID-19 international travel rules and it is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector.
The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that the balance restrictions on international travel for all passengers will be removed ahead of the Easter holidays. These decisions are laid out according to the Living with COVID plan, and the success of the UK’s vaccine and booster rollout. Nearly 86% of the population have received a second dose and 67% of the population have received a booster or third dose.
The UK is leading the world in removing all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions and is not going to put travel measures in place for any longer than necessary. The easing out of the Covid-19 travel restrictions is proof of the hard work done by everyone in this country to roll out the vaccine and protect each other. This is indeed welcome news for travellers ahead of the Easter holidays. On the same note the Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid reiterated the further steps to open up international travel once again.
The government of the UK will continue monitoring and tracking potential harmful new variants and keep a stock of measures that can be rapidly implemented for the protection of public health if the need arises.
The amazing success of the vaccination programme, which has seen more than 8 out of 10 adults across the UK boosted, has allowed the removal of the final restrictions. With the current state of the pandemic, global travel volumes are returning to normal. In the near future, the government is planning to use the least stringent measures, if appropriate, to minimise the impact on travel as far as possible and the contingency measures will only be
implemented in extreme circumstances.
Even though there will be no border health measures on arrival in the UK, other countries are still at different stages in the pandemic. Passengers need to comply with requirements in those countries. In fact, travellers to the UK should continue to check GOV.UK travel guidance including Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. This should be done to keep up to date with the entry requirements of other countries.
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