Absolutely vaccinated travellers arriving in Britain will now not need to take a COVID-19 check, transport minister Grant Shapps mentioned on Monday, as the federal government units out plans to maneuver past restrictions and reside with the virus.
Presently, vaccinated individuals arriving in Britain are required to take a lateral circulate check inside 2 days of arriving. At occasions, the federal government has beforehand additionally required all passengers to take assessments earlier than departing for Britain.
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“We promised we wouldn’t hold these measures in place a day longer than essential and it’s apparent to me now that border testing for vaccinated travellers has outlived its usefulness,” Shapps informed parliament.
From 0400 GMT on Feb. 11, absolutely vaccinated inbound passengers will solely need to confirm their standing on a passenger locator type, he mentioned. For now, absolutely vaccinated is not going to embody a requirement to have had a booster jab. Below 18s are handled as absolutely vaccinated passengers.
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Those that don’t qualify as absolutely vaccinated will now not need to isolate, or take a check on day 8. They are going to nonetheless have to supply proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 check earlier than travelling and take a PCR check after arriving in Britain, he mentioned.
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“This can be a proportionate system that strikes us a step nearer to normality whereas sustaining very important public well being protections,” Shapps mentioned.
Britain can even add 16 additional nations, together with China and Mexico, to its record of recognised vaccine certificates.
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Shapps mentioned the choice for a “pink record” of nations would stay in place to supply a defence towards new variants of concern, however the authorities was taking a look at changing its managed quarantine system with alternate options corresponding to dwelling isolation.
“These contingency measures will solely be utilized if we’re significantly involved a couple of variant of concern which poses a considerable threat, one that’s even larger than Omicron,” he mentioned.
(Reporting by Kate Holton and Kylie MacLellan; modifying by James Davey and Paul Sandle)
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