STATE OF ICELAND, NY – A negative coronavirus test will no longer be required to enter the UK as it is set to drop all COVID-19 related travel requirements and restrictions this week, according to a report.
According to Transport Minister Grant Shapps, the new travel arrangements will take effect at 4 a.m. Friday, It was reported by USA Today.
Currently, all adults traveling from the United States who have not been fully vaccinated – after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson or two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines – must show a negative COVID-19 test taken at most two days before travel, in addition to a PCR test to be taken within the first two days of arrival.
All remaining Covid travel arrangements, including Passenger Locator Form and test for all arrivals, will be rejected for travel to the UK from 04.00 on 18 March.
These changes are possible due to our vaccine rollout and mean greater freedom in time for Easter.
– Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) March 14, 2022
All passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to complete a passenger search form, no more than three days before their arrival, the report says. The passenger location form will no longer be required from 4 on Friday.
“These changes are possible because of our vaccine rollout and mean greater freedom for Easter,” Shapps tweeted Monday.
The United Kingdom has a vaccination rate of almost 86% among residents aged 12 and over, the reports say.
Although the country has a high vaccination rate, more than 444,000 residents in the UK have tested positive over the last seven days – a 48% increase over the week before – and COVID-19-related deaths have increased by 2%.
Hospital admissions have also increased by 17% within the last 28 days, according to the report.
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