UK Govt Confirms Pre-departure and Day 2 Testing Shake-up

Pre-departure Covid tests for inbound travellers will be axed and the Day 2 testing standard lowered from PCR to lateral flow, the government has confirmed.

Speaking in parliament, Boris Johnson said the cabinet had approved the axing of the requirement for a Covid test before travellers leave for the UK.

Changes will apply for arrivals into the UK from 4am on Friday (7 January), but with the key PCR change applicable from 4am Sunday.

The news will come as a major boost to travel industry during the peak holiday selling period.

Johnson told parliament that “where specific measures are no longer serving their purpose they will be dropped", adding: “Now Omicron is so prevalent, these measures are having limited impact on the growth in cases whilst continuing to pose significant costs to our travel industry.”

He said pre-departure test discouraged many from travelling overseas for fear of being trapped and incurring extra expense.

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Source: TTG UK