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England to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions from Sunday

A rapid antigen Covid-19 test (File photograph)

England’s travel restrictions against Covid-19 will be loosened tomorrow and the pre-departure test will be dropped for travellers.

The British government’s website added that fully vaccinated travellers will also not have to quarantine in England on arrival.

Vaccinated arrivals will have the choice of a fast lateral flow test for the coronavirus instead of a PCR test within two days of their arrival from 4am on Sunday.

The automatic requirement to isolate will also be dropped.

But people who take a lateral flow test and get a positive result will have to quarantine and take a PCR test.

England’s rules at present require inbound travellers to be tested before travel and to book and pay in advance for a PCR test to be taken after arrival.

The BBC also reported that Grant Shapps, the transport minister for England, had pledged "a full review of travel measures by the end of January to ensure a stable system is in place for 2022".

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved administrations which have responsibility for health matters and set their own Covid-19 regulations.

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Published January 06, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated January 06, 2022 at 7:55 am)

England to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions from Sunday

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