UK drops all coronavirus entry restrictions, including for unvaccinated people

UK drops all coronavirus entry restrictions, including for unvaccinated people
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As of Friday morning, all people, including unvaccinated people, can enter the United Kingdom without having to undergo a coronavirus test.

The government lifted the requirement for unvaccinated people to test before entering the country, as well as the need for a day two post-arrival test. At the end of March, managed hotel quarantines will be dropped, making the UK one of the first major economies to end all Covid-19 international travel rules.

"I said we wouldn’t keep travel measures in place for any longer than necessary, which we’re delivering on today – providing more welcome news and greater freedom for travellers ahead of the Easter holidays," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

Additionally, passenger locator forms (PLF) will no longer have to be filled out before or shown upon arrival. Vaccinated travellers have been exempt from testing requirements for some time now.

"With travellers returning to the UK no longer burdened by unnecessary forms and testing requirements, we can now look forward to the return to pre-COVID normality throughout the travel experience," Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said.

Rising cases

Although the government is easing travel restrictions, coronavirus cases continue to soar in the UK, as has started to happen in Belgium.

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Last week saw a 43,9% uptake in people who tested positive, with just over half a million people catching the virus, according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

The government stressed it can still impose new restrictions should new Covid-19 variants appear as part of contingency plans to manage variants of concern.

"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," Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said.

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