UK lifts all Covid-19 travel restrictions for passengers entering from abroad

All Covid-19 travel restrictions have now been lifted for passengers entering the UK.

Unvaccinated arrivals will no longer have to take tests and passenger locator forms have been scrapped.

It comes almost exactly two years after the first Covid lockdown measures were imposed in the UK.

Aviation minister Robert Courts said: “Everything we have worked for – every jab, every test, and the sacrifices made by the whole country means that finally, nearly two years on, we can all travel without bureaucratic restrictions.”

The British government said the change had been deliberately timed before the Easter holidays, but added that contingency plans had been drawn up to respond to any future Covid variants.

However, UK travellers are still advised to check the rules for the countries they are visiting as many still have restrictions and testing requirements in place.

The removal of the rules marks the end of a rapidly-changing rules for people entering the United Kingdom.

People were first advised against all non-essential international travel in March 2020.

Later that year, passenger locator forms for arrivals were introduced, along with “travel corridors”,

with people arriving from countries outside the corridors having to self-isolate at home for up to 14 days.

Other rules have included pre-departure and post-arrival tests; hotel quarantine for some arrivals; and a “traffic light” system of red, amber, and green countries.