Jan 24, 2022 - World

U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated

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Arriving passengers speak to staff at the entrance to the COVID-19 testing center in London's Heathrow Airport . Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images

The British government said Monday that it will lift the COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated people arriving in England.

State of play: Those who are not fully vaccinated "will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after arriving in England," British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted.

  • Currently, travelers are required to get tested two days before departing to England. Those requirements will stay in place until Feb. 11.

What they're saying: "Making the right calls at the right time on vaccines and boosters means we now have one of the most open travel sectors in the world," Shapps said.

  • "Scaling back restrictions before half term means a simpler [travel] experience for passengers, especially the fully vaccinated, and stability for the sector throughout 2022," he added.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that removing the testing requirement for the vaccinated will "show that this country is open for business, open for travelers," per AP.
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