Covid tests scrapped for fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in England
By Claire Benktander | 24 Jan 2022
The government has confirmed today that Covid tests will no longer be necessary for people arriving in England from abroad, providing they are fully vaccinated.
From 4am on 11th February – in time for schools’ February half-term – travellers who are unvaccinated will also no longer need a day eight test, only pre-departure and day two tests.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said: “Today I can confirm that our international travel regime will now be liberalised as part our efforts to ensure that 2022 is the year in which restrictions on travel, on lockdowns and limits on people’s lives are firmly placed in the past.
“From 4am on February 11, and in time for the half-term break, eligible fully-vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will no longer have to take a post-arrival lateral flow test.
“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.”
Passengers will still need a passenger locator form but Mr Shapps stated that they would be “easier and simpler” and he added that from the 3rd February, 12 to 15-year-olds in England will be able to prove their vaccination status via the digital NHS pass.
Vaccine certificates are also going to be accepted from 16 further nations, allowing even more opportunity for travel. The rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet been announced.