The United Kingdom will end mandatory COVID-19 tests for all fully vaccinated travelers returning to the country by the end of January, the Times reported on Sunday, citing a source close to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
“We are looking at removing all COVID tests for all vaccinated passengers by the end of January, which is likely to coincide with the review of Plan B measures on January 26,” the source was quoted as saying by the media.
According to the newspaper, the move will help UK families save hundreds of pounds and accelerate the recovery of the tourism industry.
In addition to eliminating PCR tests for those who are fully vaccinated, the minister also intends to remove other restrictions, in particular the mandatory wearing of face masks in shops and on public transport. The UK faced a surge in COVID-19 cases ahead of Christmas.
On December 7, authorities introduced a requirement for a negative COVID-19 test for all persons over the age of 12 who entered the country amid the spread of the new Omicron strain. As per these rules, all passengers were required to submit a negative PCR test 48 hours before their arrival.
On 8 December, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would move to the so-called Plan B. The British were encouraged to work from home whenever possible and were required to wear masks. In addition, a COVID-19 pass confirming vaccination became mandatory for visiting public places.
There was a need for daily testing for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the coronavirus. Days later, British Airlines asked Johnson to end mandatory COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated passengers
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