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Tests For Vaccinated Travellers Arriving In The UK Are Being Scrapped From Today

A day two test will no longer be required for travel to the UK.

Travellers that are full-vaccinated won’t need to take a day two antigen test after touching down in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Previously, measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant had been in place, but now these have been relaxed as our “Plan B” measures came to an end in late January.

Speaking to broadcasters while on a visit to the Academic Centre at Milton Keynes Hospital, Johnson said: “Although we have to be cautious, we are now moving through the Omicron wave, and you can see the figures are starting to get better.

“So what we’re doing on travel, to show that this country is open for business, open for travellers, you will see changes so that people arriving no longer have to take tests if they have been vaccinated, if they have been double vaccinated.”

According to the Government website, these changes will come into place from today (February 11). It follows the news that pre-departure tests are also no longer required.

Unvaccinated travellers are currently asked for a 10-day isolation period, as well as a day two and day eight test. From February 11, however, they will be asked to take a test two days before arriving back, followed by a PCR day two test after touching down, and will no longer need to quarantine (unless the test comes back positive).

January 27 saw the domestic Covid restrictions relaxed, with an end to mask-wearing enforcement in confined spaces (but not on the Tube), the scrapping of Covid passes for large-scale events, and the ceasing of advice to work from home where possible.

Keep up to date with the latest travel rules on the Government website.