COVID: Travel restrictions have finally been lifted in the UK, here's what you need to know

Today, the UK’s travel rules will see a huge shakeup. All these restrictions are finally coming to an end for Britons.

UK: All COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted
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UK: All COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted

After a long period of anticipation, people in the United Kingdom will finally be able to travel freely, the Transport Secretary announced on 14th March. This is a watershed moment for passengers, as well as the travel and aviation industries.

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COVID restrictions lifted before Easter

COVID travel restrictions have been lifted

Ahead of the Easter holidays, all COVID-19 travel restrictions, including the passenger locator form (PLF) for arrivals into the UK, will be withdrawn at 4 a.m. on Friday, March 18.

Here's what you can expect from the lifting of all travel restrictions:

  1. No more amber list
  2. No more expensive PCR tests
  3. No passenger locator forms to be filled
  4. No testing for travellers who do not qualify as vaccinated
  5. No 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.

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Living with COVID

The United Kingdom is one of the first large economies to abolish all COVID-19 foreign travel regulations. Contingency measures have been put in place to deal with any future variants of concern (VoCs).

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

As we learn to live with COVID-19, 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 that can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe.

He credited the lifting of travel restrictions to the vaccination drive conducted across the UK to contain the infection.

The Health Secretary adds:

We can remove these final restrictions thanks to the incredible success of our vaccination programme, which has seen more than 8 out of 10 adults across the UK boosted.
The UK’s travel rules are changing today: Here’s what you need to know The UK’s travel rules are changing today: Here’s what you need to know