New travel changes are coming into place tomorrow as Brits prepare to flyaway for Easter holidays. It comes as the Government prepares to lift the final restrictions for those arriving to the UK from foreign countries.
From tomorrow (Friday, March 18), passenger locator forms will be scrapped for arrivals in the UK meaning the final restrictions will be scrapped. That mean Brits will no longer need to provide tests or fill in forms to get into the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The UK is leading the world in removing all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, and today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work everyone in this country has put in place to roll out the vaccine and protect each other.
“I said we wouldn’t keep travel measures in place for any longer than necessary, which we’re delivering on today – providing more welcome news and greater freedom for travellers ahead of the Easter holidays.”
At 4am tomorrow , both vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals into the UK will be exempt from taking a coronavirus test before entering the country. The current passenger locator form, which was “simplified” in February, will also be removed in time for the beginning of the Easter holidays in April.
However, holidaymakers will still need to check the travel rules of the country they are hoping to visit. Many countries continue to have strict rules in place for travellers.
It comes as airlines have also been dropping rules around facemasks. TUI announced it dropped facemasks requirements on its flights to the UK.
It announced that from Friday March 11, passengers on flights no longer need to compulsively wear masks as it joins other major airlines across the country dropping the rule. Ryanair and Jet2 recently announced that passengers would no longer need to need to wear masks after most airlines brought in the rule during the height of the pandemic.
However, currently rules in Wales and Scotland mean that passenger travelling to or from either country on holiday will be required to wear a mask. But TUI still said it “strongly recommended” people continue to wear a mask.
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