England drops testing requirement for vaccinated travellers
Come February 11th eligible fully vaccinated travellers heading to England will no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test either pre- or post-arrival. Instead, travellers will only need to fill out a passenger locator form before travelling. The announcement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps comes as major UK airlines resume regular scheduled flights to Trinidad & Tobago.
Rules are also being eased for the unvaccinated with travellers arriving in England no longer being required to quarantine. However, they will still be required to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after arriving in England. Over the last two years, travellers have faced numerous challenges flying to the UK including changing rules and expensive tests.
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told Guardian Media, “The removal of all testing for vaccinated passengers is the final step in moving towards frictionless air travel, allowing passengers to reconnect with loved ones and business colleagues. It restores customer confidence and demand will be boosted in a critical booking window for the travel industry.”
The spokesperson also said the company would “continue to work with UK Government on an evidence-based framework for variants of concern, eliminating border closures which have proven to be ineffective.”
These new rules only apply to England as other parts of the UK set their own public health policies.