UK lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers

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On January 24, the UK government issued a statement on their travel rules that only a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will be compulsory for all the arrivals in England.

To enhance the country’s tourism sector, from Friday, the United Kingdom will scrap testing conditions for fully vaccinated travelers against the Covid-19. Passenger Locator Form (PLF) will be mandatory for all such travelers.

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The British government stated that arrivals identified as unvaccinated need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on the same day or before two days after they arrive in the UK.

Meanwhile, from February 3, children between the ages of 12-15 in the UK can prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS Covid Pass for outbound travel.

This will make it simple for children and their families to travel to those countries that require proof of vaccination status and prior infection for entry, avoiding isolation and accessing venues or services, the government statement also said.

The easing of travel rules can be attributed to the country’s vaccine and booster roll out.

Since the onset of the Covid-19, the UK has recorded more than 18 million cases, 158,953 deaths and nearly 15.6 million recoveries.

There is an improvement in the overall pandemic situation in the country, which was earlier severely hit by the spread of the Omicron variant.

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On Thursday, 66,638 cases and 206 more deaths were recorded in the UK. While on Wednesday, 68,214 cases and 276 deaths were recorded. In the last seven days, infection numbers were down 23%, and fatalities were down 16% on the week before.

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The government has also signaled an early end to isolation rules that will end all domestic Covid-19 restrictions.

“Provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue, I expect that we will be able to end the last domestic restrictions – including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive – a full month early,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament on Wednesday.

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