UK government to relax Covid testing rules for arrivals from Europe

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UK government to relax Covid testing rules for arrivals from Europe
A man walks past the closed entrance of the Eurostar terminal at Brussels South railway station (Gare du Midi), in Brussels, on December 21, 2020 after Britain's European neighbors began closing their borders to travelers from the United Kingdom amid alarm about a new strain of coronavirus. - Countries around the world closed their borders to Britain on December 21, 2020 in a race to contain a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus as the European Union neared approval of its first jab for the bloc's vaccination campaign. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

People travelling to England will face a less strict Covid testing regime from Friday, the British government has announced.


British transport minister Grant Shapps announced that the new rules, which for the time being only concern arrivals into England, will come into force at 4am on Friday, January 7th.

Fully-vaccinated arrivals will no longer need to take a pre-departure test if travelling to England.


The complicated and expensive 'Day 2' testing system remains in place, requiring a pre-booked test to be done within two days of arrival in the UK. 

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However this too is set to be relaxed, with fully vaccinated arrivals no longer needing to isolate until their test results arrive.

Travellers can also book the less expensive antigen (lateral flow) test, rather than a PCR test if they arrive after 4am on Sunday, January 9th.

France maintains its near-total ban on travel to or from the UK - although a French government spokesman said on Wednesday that this could be lifted soon - while several other countries have stringent measures in place for arrivals from the UK. 

The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to release details on whether they will follow suit. 


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chipps 2022/01/05 22:13
Thanks... the day _after_ I just bought Day 2 tests for a trip in a week's time...
gustav.nilsson 2022/01/05 21:48
How are Switzerland's testing rules for traveling still justifiable?

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