Grant Shapps as we speak introduced the top of all remaining coronavirus journey guidelines from March 18, paving the best way for the return of hassle-free holidays.
It means passenger locator kinds and Covid exams are being completely scrapped for each vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers in time for the Easter holidays.
The transfer brings to an finish two years of ever-changing worldwide journey restrictions.
Mr Shapps tweeted: ‘All remaining Covid journey measures, together with the Passenger Locator Kind and exams for all arrivals, will probably be stood down for journey to the UK from 4am on 18 March.
‘These adjustments are attainable because of our vaccine rollout and imply higher freedom in time for Easter.’
Journey and tourism bosses hailed the announcement as a ‘really important milestone’ and stated passengers can now ‘look ahead to the return to pre-Covid normality’.
The announcement by Mr Shapps comes as journey to Greece is ready to be made simpler for British holidaymakers.
As of tomorrow, all arrivals in Greece will not be required to finish a passenger locator kind.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as we speak unveiled the most recent adjustments to the Authorities’s Covid journey guidelines
Mr Shapps stated all remaining Covid journey guidelines will probably be scrapped from 4am on Friday March 18
Mr Shapps’ announcement was warmly welcomed by the aviation and journey industries.
Tim Alderslade, the chief govt of Airways UK, the trade physique representing UK carriers, stated the choice sends the message that ‘the UK journey sector is again’.
‘With travellers returning to the UK not burdened by pointless kinds and testing necessities, we will now look ahead to the return to pre-Covid normality all through the journey expertise,’ he stated.
‘We’re grateful for the timing of the announcement as we put together to welcome again passengers this Easter and Summer time, for which we all know there may be enormous pent-up demand, and for the UK’s management in being the primary main aviation market to take away all remaining restrictions.’
A Virgin Atlantic spokesman stated: ‘The removing of all remaining UK journey restrictions, together with the passenger locator kind, is the ultimate necessary step in the direction of frictionless air journey, serving to to additional restore shopper confidence as we welcome extra prospects again to the skies this Spring and Summer time.’
The Board of Airline Representatives within the UK stated scrapping the remaining Covid journey guidelines represented a ‘really important milestone’.
Dale Keller, chief govt of BAR UK, stated: ‘This can be a really important milestone and passengers and airways will probably be delighted that the Passenger Locator Kind (PLF) is banished now that worldwide journey into the UK will probably be harmonised with the home reopening.
‘We applaud this pragmatic determination by ministers to revive freedom of worldwide journey by eradicating all remaining Covid associated border measures as proof turned overwhelming that border measures have been largely ineffective in lowering the transmission of Covid.
‘We urge the UK Authorities to rapidly capitalise on the strategic significance of aviation to the entire of society and the UK economic system by totally supporting the sector because it invests in rebuilding the nation’s very important international connectivity in difficult instances.’
At present, fully-vaccinated travellers should full a passenger locator kind earlier than travelling to England.
The doc have to be stuffed out within the three days earlier than arriving within the nation.
The passenger locator kind is used to verify a passenger’s vaccination standing, journey historical past and phone particulars.
The fully-vaccinated at the moment shouldn’t have to take any Covid exams, both earlier than or after travelling to England. In addition they shouldn’t have to quarantine.
As of tomorrow, all arrivals in Greece will not be required to finish a passenger locator kind
The passenger locator kind is used to verify a passenger’s vaccination standing, journey historical past and phone particulars
However people who find themselves not fully-vaccinated should take a Covid check within the two days earlier than travelling to England.
They need to additionally e-book and pay for a Covid check to be taken after arriving within the nation.
They too should full a passenger locator kind within the three days earlier than arriving.
People who find themselves not fully-vaccinated don’t at the moment should quarantine upon arrival but when their post-arrival check is optimistic, they need to keep at dwelling.
The easing of worldwide journey guidelines comes as coronavirus infections have been rising in all 4 UK nations for the primary time because the finish of January.
The numbers for hospital sufferers with Covid have been additionally rising, up 19 per cent week-on-week in England.
Hospital admissions with coronavirus in England stay effectively beneath the peaks reached through the Omicron and former waves, whereas in Scotland the determine was near the report peak seen in January final 12 months.