The United Kingdom has scrapped the obligatory COVID -19 test for fully vaccinated passengers intending to visit England.
According to the UK government, the issued directive would commence fully on February 11th, 2022, and passengers who have been fully vaccinated would no longer have to undertake the mandatory 2-day Covid-19 test on arrival in the UK.
In a statement made by the British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sean Doyle, it was announced that the nation’s international business partners and investors could now visit the UK.
“ Today’s announcement provides a welcome boost to the travel industry and UK economy,’’ Doyle said.
He further disclosed that migrants intending to move to the United Kingdom who have received the two dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine could book appointment with the UK irrespective of their purposes (business, tourism, vacation, reunion with friends and family) without going through the burdensome Covid-19 testing.
The move sends a message to the globe that Britain is fully back in business.
“Passengers who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to take a pre-departure test as well as a Day-2 PCR test, however, the requirement for a Day-8 PCR test is also being removed from February 11, 2022,’’ the statement said.
Doyle added that travellers would be required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form before departing for the UK.
“All passengers will still be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) prior to their arrival in England,’’ he pointed.
“For more than two months, the UK government has been relaxing its rules on COVID-19, thereby making air travel to be less cumbersome for many Nigerians and others.
“The country and many other European countries are focusing more on vaccination; a situation that is fast replacing quarantine and PCR tests that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) considers to be adding more travel burden on teeming passengers and one that has cut down air travel.’’
It will be recalled that in December 2021, the United Kingdom removed some countries from its red list zones including South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Namibia, Botswana.