10 JANUARY 2022
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Doubly vaccinated passengers no longer have to take pre-departure Covid tests in England. They will also not be required to self-isolate while awaiting test results after arriving in England. This change of rules has been picked up quickly by suppliers.
(See Randox tests quickly in this week’s BTN).
However, destination rules do apply and can be found on the Government website.
UK cases have now risen sharply and Omicron is the dominant variant – airlines effectively argued that there is no longer any hope of relying on testing to "keep out Omicron."
All round the travel industry welcomed the news typified by easyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren saying that it would make travel "much simpler and easier," as customers could now book and travel with "confidence."
Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, was quick to point out that one still had to be careful: “These changes should ease the cost and administrative burden of holidays and trips abroad, but travellers should stay mindful of Covid entry requirements in their destination country.
Shai Weiss, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said that the announcement meant customer demand would be boosted in a "critical booking window" for the industry. The trade body Airlines UK has argued that continuing the current measures would have been financially disastrous for the industry.
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