Two years after Covid-19 took the world by surprise, one country seems to be finally resigning to it as a fact of life and moving on from onerous testing requirements to save its travel industry from going into a tailspin again. Earlier this month, England decided to do away with Pre-arrival tests for arriving in England. Now, they are doing away with the post-arrival tests as well.
England to remove post-arrival requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers
In a new announcement on the evening of January 24, 2022, England announced that they would be doing away with testing as a condition for arrival into the country.
Eligible, fully-vaccinated passengers and Under-18s will no longer need to take a test within two days after arrival. Pre-arrival tests and self-isolation were already removed for them on arrival in England earlier in January 2022.
England is going to continue with Passenger Locator Forms though, for the time being, to be filled up 48 hours before arrival.
Requirements for unvaccinated travellers remain stringent.
Unvaccinated passengers must continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR test on or before day two. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive.
If you are travelling into the UK, you can stop bothering with a test post-arrival as well, effective February 11, 2022, for vaccinated travellers. Pre-departure testing and isolation requirements were already done away with.
What do you think of this new change from the UK for their testing requirements to enter the country?
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