July 17, 2024

UK scraps all remaining Covid travel measures

Passenger Locator Form and tests for all arrivals will be stood down for travel to the UK from 4am on March 18.

A tweet from the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on Monday said the relaxation of all remaining Covid travel measures are possible due to “our vaccine rollout” and have been timed to allow “greater freedom” for Easter.

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said said: “Finally, after two years, the last remaining UK Covid measures for international travel are going. Travellers can once again travel more freely and easily with less hassle.”

Dale Keller, Chief Executive of The Board of Airline Representatives (BAR UK), said: “Truly fantastic news that all remaining border restrictions, including the Passenger Locator Form, are removed. Thanks to all in the industry and Government who have worked tirelessly to reach this milestone. The UK is one of few countries to achieve normalised travel.”

Clive Wratten, CEO of the Business Travel Association (BTA), said: “Removing passenger locator forms will oil the wheels of the UK economy. It will make business travel more frictionless, stimulating trade and reducing the £2.5billion a week impact our economy still faces from Covid travel restrictions. Business travel demand is returning, and this news is another vital step in that recovery.”