It has been announced that those coming in England or Scotland from overseas will no longer be required to do Covid tests if they are properly vaccinated.
The modifications will take effect at 4 a.m. on February 11th, just in time for the half-term holiday.
Unvaccinated travelers will no longer be required to take a day eight test or self-isolate, as the rules have been relaxed.
They will, however, require pre-departure and day two exams.
Everyone travelling in England and Scotland, regardless of vaccination status, would be required to fill out a passenger location form, which will be “easier” to fill out, according to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to announce whether or not they will amend their testing policies, although they are anticipated to do so soon.
Mr Shapps claimed in a statement to the House of Commons that the measure will save families around £100 on overseas trips and support the struggling tourism industry.
“Today, I can affirm that our foreign travel regime will be liberalized as part of our efforts to guarantee that 2022 is the year in which travel restrictions, lockdowns, and restraints on people’s life become permanently entrenched in the past,” he added.
“Eligible fully-vaccinated travelers arriving in the UK will no longer be required to complete a post-arrival lateral flow test beginning at 4 a.m. on February 11, just in time for the half-term holiday.
“This implies that, after months of pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing, self-isolation, and added expenditure, fully vaccinated persons will just have to verify their status via a passenger locator form when they fly to the UK.”
The changes, according to Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, are “very welcome” for the tourist and aviation industries.
However, he stated that “additional surveillance” throughout all UK nations would be required to catch variations if they appeared.