In terms of opening up for travel, the United Kingdom has been one of the quicker respondents, having removed most of the pre-arrival and post-arrival requirements in terms of requirements levied for travel to the UK. Now, they are moving forward with scraping off whatever remains.
The UK Government will remove the remaining restrictions on international travel for all passengers ahead of the Easter holidays, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, announced yesterday.
From 4 am March 18, 2022, all COVID-19 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. This change, therefore, removes the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 post arrival test.
Given the current state of the pandemic and a move towards global travel volumes returning to normal, the remaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be fully stood down from the end of March.
London Heathrow will remove Mask Mandate effective today
London’s Heathrow airport will be one of the first to remove the mandatory mask mandate. The airport announced this in a tweet.
Passengers may still be required to wear a face covering onboard their flight and should check the airlines' requirements before travelling.
Find out more: https://t.co/lEjRi7uP4q 2/2
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) March 14, 2022
Beginning today, Heathrow will no longer require masks to be worn by incoming and outgoing passengers within the airport. Several airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will follow suit. Passengers will only be required to wear a mask on board a BA flight if their destination requires it, for instance, into the USA and India for now.
British Airways announced this on Twitter
From 16 March, our face mask policy is changing.
Where we’re clear the destination you’re travelling to doesn’t require a face mask on board, it will become optional 😷 ✈️
— British Airways (@British_Airways) March 15, 2022
Virgin Atlantic also announced this move on Twitter.
While the United Kingdom will remove any remaining requirements for masks and filling up PLF, etc as of March 18, 2022, London Heathrow airport is doing away with the requirements to wear a mask on premises immediately. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are expected to lift their mask requirement as of March 16, 2022 as well. Masks will still be required on some flights based on destination, but it will not be an omnibus requirement.
What do you think of the changes to the UK travel requirements and airlines/airports following suit?
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