UK will drop the requirement for COVID testing for totally vaccinated vacationers Feb 11 – Nationwide

Transport Minister Grant Shapps mentioned on Monday that totally vaccinated vacationers arriving in Britain will now not must endure a COVID-19 take a look at, as the federal government plans to maneuver past restrictions and dwell with the virus.

At present, vaccinated folks arriving within the UK are required to endure a lateral circulation take a look at inside 2 days of arrival. At occasions, the federal government has beforehand required all passengers to be examined earlier than departing for the UK.

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“We promised that we might hold these measures not more than a day longer than essential and it’s now clear to me that border testing for vaccinated vacationers has outlived its usefulness,” Shapps advised parliament.

From 0400 GMT on February 11, totally vaccinated inbound passengers will solely must confirm their standing on the passenger locator kind, he mentioned. For now, an intensive vaccination is not going to embrace the necessity for a booster jab. Vacationers beneath the age of 18 are handled as totally vaccinated passengers.

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People who find themselves not totally immunized will now not must isolate, or be examined, on the eighth day. They must present proof of a damaging COVID-19 take a look at earlier than touring and endure a PCR take a look at after reaching the UK. Advised.

“It is a proportional system that will get us nearer to normality whereas sustaining important public well being protections,” Shapps mentioned.

Britain may even add 16 extra international locations, together with China and Mexico, to its record of acknowledged vaccine certifications.

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Shapps mentioned the choice of a “pink record” of nations to supply protection in opposition to new types of anxiousness would stay, however that the federal government was contemplating changing its managed quarantine system with options corresponding to dwelling isolation.

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“These contingency measures would solely apply if we’re particularly involved a few sort of concern that poses a considerable threat, even better than that of an omicron,” he mentioned.

(Reporting by Kate Holton and Kylie MacLaine; Modifying by James Dewey and Paul Sandle)

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