England and Scotland scrap COVID travel tests for fully jabbed in time for half-term

Posted: 25 January 2022 12:45 pm

Covid pass for travel

Fully vaccinated people won’t need to take a day 2 COVID travel test after arriving in England or Scotland from 11 February, and rules for unvaccinated have also relaxed.

The UK government has announced that double-jabbed travellers will no longer need to take a day 2 COVID travel test from 4am on 11 February. Half term for many schools begins on Monday, 14 February.

All that vaccinated travellers will have to do is verify their status via a passenger locator form; the requirement to spend money on a private COVID test taken within 2 days of arriving will be dropped.

Rules relax for unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated travellers will no longer have to take a day 8 test or self isolate, but pre-departure tests and day 2 tests will still apply to them.

These new changes will apply to England and Scotland; UK nations make their own rules on COVID tests, and Wales and Northern Ireland have not followed suit yet.

People travelling there must still take a day 2 PCR or lateral flow test.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announced these changes in parliament, saying that travel would become easier and cheaper, and that the changes would galvanise the tourism industry before the busy spring and summer periods.

He said: “We promised we wouldn’t keep these measures in place a day longer than was necessary and it’s obvious to me now that border testing for vaccinated travellers has outlived its usefulness, and we’re therefore scrapping all travel tests for vaccinated people.”

To count as “fully vaccinated”, you need to have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine or 1 dose of a Janssen vaccine.

Until 11 February, fully jabbed travellers must book and pay for a day 2 COVID test (lateral flow or PCR) and complete a passenger locator form. To compare prices, use our travel test comparison table and guide, which are regularly updated.

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