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Covid-19: UK travel restrictions removed from Feb 11th

Published on January 25, 2022

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced yesterday that from 4am on February 11th, the UK will open for travel, with all restrictions removed for eligible vaccinated arrivals.

All testing measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK will be removed from 4am on 11th February, meaning fully vaccinated travellers (with approved vaccine) will not need to have a pre-departure test, or Day 2 PCR on arrival to UK. They will only need to fill out the passenger locator form (PLF), which will be simplified, confirming their vaccination status, travel history and contact detail.

After 4am on February 11th, only individuals who are not fully vaccinated will need to take a pre-departure test, plus a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK. They will not need to self-isolate on arrival, only if they receive a positive Day 2 result.
All entrants to the UK, including those fully vaccinated or with a recovery certificate, will still need to complete a new, more simplified Passenger Locator Form.

Shapps said, “We made the right calls at the right time and thanks to our vaccine and booster rollout it’s paying off – allowing us to safely remove nearly all COVID-19 travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers. We already have one of the most open economies in Europe with the least restrictions, and because of the changes today we now have a travel sector to match it. This final step in our stable and safe full return to international travel is a major boost for UK tourism, setting Britain free ahead of the crucial half term and spring holiday season. “

The simplification of travel rules comes just before half term, providing welcome news for families looking to travel abroad during the school holidays, as well as an extra boost for the tourism industry.

For full information regarding these forthcoming changes to UK travel restrictions, please visit Gov.Uk.

For current rules visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19