From 4 a.m. on Friday March 18, all remaining coronavirus travel rules are expected to be scrapped, such as the passenger locator form and testing for unvaccinated customers.
Set to facilitate overseas holidays and a return to normal, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously said the changes will allow “greater freedom in time for Easter” and mean “you can travel as in the good old times”.
This decision delighted not only vacationers, but also airlines and travel agencies.
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Jet2, Leeds Bradford‘s largest airline, spoke of the “return to normal”, with Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2 Holidays saying: “Two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, the Today’s announcement marks the return of international travel to Ordinary.
“Removing unnecessary forms and ineffective testing regimes means customers can finally enjoy a hassle-free journey like they did before the pandemic.
“With Easter fast approaching and summer fast approaching, this announcement comes at the perfect time. Since restrictions began to be eased at the start of the year, we have experienced strong and sustained demand and the complete removal of forms and requirements will spur that demand even more.
However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government would continue to monitor and track new variants.
He said: “As we learn to live with Covid, we are taking further steps to reopen international travel before the Easter holidays.
“We will continue to monitor and track potential new variants and maintain a pipeline of measures that can be quickly deployed if necessary to ensure our safety.”
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