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UK scraps tests for fully vaccinated travellers from February 11

Britain announced that it will scrap COVID-19 test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering England from next month.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made a statement in the House of Commons outlining the COVID travel update, confirming that from 4am local time on February 11 travellers who have had both doses of a COVID vaccine will no longer be required to take a test within two days of arriving in England.

“We are removing all testing measures for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals to England from 4am on February 11,” said Shapps.

“These changes have been made possible by the success of our vaccine and booster rollout. Arrivals in England who aren’t fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day two after arriving in England. All passengers will still need to complete a Passenger Locator Form,” he said.

Shapps clarified that “fully vaccinated” means two doses of an approved vaccination, including those administered in India, or one dose of a Janssen vaccine.

“That means that after months of pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing, self-isolation, additional expense, all that fully vaccinated people will now have to do, when they travel to the UK, is to verify their status via a Passenger Locator Form,” Shapps told the House of Commons.

The minister said that passengers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will no longer be required to do a day eight test after arrival, or self-isolate.

“They will still need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form to demonstrate proof of a negative COVID test taken two days before they travel and they must still take a post-arrival PCR test,” he said. (Source FE)

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