News 24 January 2022

Boris Johnson Scraps Covid Tests For Fully Vaccinated Travellers Arriving In England

24 January 2022

Covid tests for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in England are being scrapped, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

The Prime Minister announced the changes when speaking to broadcasters during a visit to the Academic Centre, Milton Keynes Hospital.

“We have, thanks to the tough decisions, the big calls that we made… the most open economy and society in Europe,” he said. “And 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.”

Until now all vaccinated travellers have had to take take a day two test after arriving in the country, while unvaccinated travellers have to take a day two and day eight test, as well as quarantine for ten days.

The date from when the new rules will take effect is yet to be confirmed.

The change for vaccinated travellers comes as the government prepares for the end of its ‘plan B’ measures, meaning Covid passports and mandatory face masks will no longer be required. People are also no longer being told to work from home.

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