UK Removes Pre-Departure Testing For Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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London: All testing measures for eligible fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK has been removed, according to a government statement issued on January 24.

“Arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK,” the statement added.

They will not need to self-isolate on arrival, and will only need to do so on receipt of a positive result, it added.

The simplification of travel rules comes just before half term, providing welcome news for families looking to travel abroad during the school holidays, as well as an extra boost for the tourism industry.

Meanwhile, children between the ages of 12-15 in the UK, can prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS Covid Pass for outbound travel from February 3.

For inward travel, all under-18s regardless of their individual vaccination status will continue to be considered as fully vaccinated.

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