From 18 March, all COVID travel restrictions will be lifted, including the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) for arrivals into UK, as well as all tests for passengers who do not qualify as vaccinated.
Changes to protocol removes the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a Day 2 post arrival test.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The UK is leading the world in removing all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, and today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work everyone in this country has put in place to roll out the vaccine and protect each other.
“I said we wouldn’t keep travel measures in place for any longer than necessary, which we’re delivering on today – providing more welcome news and greater freedom for travellers ahead of the Easter holidays.
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“I look forward to continuing to work with the travel sector and partners around the world to keep international travel moving.”
Government has said that it will monitor the impact frictionless travel has on cases as part of revised ‘Living with Covid’ measures.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “As we learn to live with COVID, we’re taking further steps to open up international travel once again ahead of the Easter holidays.
“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe.
“We can remove these final restrictions thanks to the incredible success of our vaccination programme which has seen more than eight out of 10 adults across the UK boosted.”
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