Pre-Departure Tests To Be Scrapped When Entering England

Pre-Departure Tests To Be Scrapped When Entering England

by CT4N Travel

Pre-Departure Tests To Be Scrapped When Entering England

The government announced yesterday that rules are to be eased in relation to testing when entering England. Under new rules tests will not have to be done before departure for England for those fully vaccinated and those under 18. Following on from that, from Sunday travellers will not be required to take a PCR test on day two after their arrival. Instead they will only have to take a lateral flow test. This means that travel becomes far less expensive as the cost of tests becomes less or gotten rid of entirely. The change is thought to have been brough about by the fact that the measures where brought in to combat the spread of the Omicron variant into the UK but that now it is the dominant strain, the measures are no longer effective.  

New Rules at a Glance

  • From 04:00 GMT on Friday: fully vaccinated travellers and under-18s will no longer need to take a pre-departure test two days before travelling to England. On arrival, they will have to take a PCR test but won't have to self-isolate while awaiting the result
  • From 04:00 GMT on Sunday: they will only have to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test on day two. This test must be bought from a private provider - free NHS tests are not allowed
  • Unvaccinated passengers will need to continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on day two and day eight, and to self-isolate for 10 days

It is important to remember that these rules only apply to England currently and that the rest of the UK has different restrictions in place. People going abroad should continue to check the travel rules for their destination country.
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