UK ends COVID travel restrictions from today

iStock [illustration]

The UK government has scrapped all remaining travel restrictions for passengers flying into the country, including pre-departure COVID-19 tests for unvaccinated and locator forms.

The changes, which were announced earlier by the country's Department for Transport (DfT), came into effect at 4:00 am GMT today. 

The government added that contingency plans had been drawn up to respond to any future COVID variants.

“Everything we have worked for, every jab, every test, and the sacrifices made by the whole country means that finally, nearly two years on, we can all travel without bureaucratic restrictions,” said UK Aviation Minister Robert Courts.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "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."

In a Twitter post, Heathrow Airport announced the scrapping of face masks at the airport.

Despite a rise in COVID infections, the government said the success of its vaccine rollout plan has led to the easing of restrictions.

More from International News

On Virgin Radio today

Trending on Virgin Radio