COVID travel restrictions are being scrapped – all the changes announced by transport secretary

The COVID travel restrictions imposed by the government are being scrapped.

The transport secretary has outlined a range of measures aimed at making travel more open and user-friendly.

“Britain is open for business,” Grant Shapps told the Commons.

He said the government intends to move away from “blanket border measures” to a “more sophisticated and targeted global surveillance system”.

This is what changes.

Fully vaccinated

Starting at 4am on 11 February, there will be no requirement for vaccinated passengers arriving in England to do post-arrival lateral flow tests, said Grant Shapps.

The “fully vaccinated” definition still means two doses – people don’t need a booster yet.

Starting at the same time, vaccine certificates from 16 new countries including China and Mexico will be accepted at the UK border – meaning more than 180 countries and territories will have their vaccine certificates accepted in the UK.

Not fully vaccinated

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated will no longer need to isolate or complete a day eight test after they arrive.

They will still need to fill out a passenger location form “to demonstrate proof of a negative COVID test taken two days before they travel and they must still take a post-arrival PCR test”, Mr Shapps said.

Passenger locator form

The passenger locator forms will be made “easier and quicker” from the end of February – and people will get an extra day to complete them before they travel

Younger travellers

Twelve to 15-year-olds will be able to prove their vaccination status via the digital NHS pass for international outbound travel.


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