In a significant development in the UK where the government has lifted off the requirement of pre-covid testing for international travelers. Additionally, International Travellers can also skip self-isolation upon arrival. Earlier, it was mandatory to self-isolate on arrival until a negative RT-PCR test report was received.
Moreover, travelers can alternatively take lateral flow tests on the second day of arriving to the country where the test is believed to cost less than the RT-PCR test.
“We will also be lifting the requirement to self-isolate on arrival until receipt of a negative PCR, returning instead to the system we had in October last year, where those arriving in England will need to take a lateral flow test no later than the end of Day 2 and, if positive, a further PCR test to help us identify any new variants at the border.” This also includes Indian travelers where they also come under an exemption. Said UK PM Boris Johnson.
In addition, a pre-departure test would no longer be required as the PM said that this discourages many people from traveling with the fear of getting trapped overseas. Recently, the UK removed all countries from its red list as well.
Mr. Johnson also urged people to follow covid safety protocols and follow social distancing as no other lockdowns will be imposed in the country.