British Prime Minister, Borris Johnson announced that his government is removing the mandatory coronavirus RT-PCR and other testing requirements this upcoming Thursday. The nation is ready to end Plan B measures for the fully vaccinated travelers arriving in England.
The announcement came as a major relief for the aviation, tours & travel industry as the passengers and overseas travelers will not have to take the test before entering the country.
In a press statement, Borris Johnson said, “To show that this country is open for business, open for travelers, you will see changes so that people arriving no longer have to take tests if they have been vaccinated, if they have been double vaccinated”.
According to the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the rule will take effect latest by Feb 11. The rule coincides with the school mid-term break and kids holidays. After the new rule, the UK will become the most welcoming country in the world for international travel. Tim Alderslade, the chief executive of airline industry body Airlines UK called this day a “landmark day”.
From February, the nation will also halt all the COVID-19 testing for adults and children under 18. It further plans to ease the rules for the unvaccinated people.