Hundreds of thousands of people are embarking on a half-term getaway as the UK scraps coronavirus testing for fully vaccinated travelers.
The UK Transport minister Robert Courts said it had been a “long time coming” and he was “really glad” the change could now take place.
He continued “If you’re fully vaccinated, you’re seeing the removal of nearly all restrictions today with the exception of the passenger locator form,”
“This has been a long time coming.
“We’ve had a very difficult time both for the travel industry and for people who rely on travel, so people who need to go on holiday, people who need to work on their businesses, people who haven’t seen their friends and family for so long.
“So this has been a long road, but due to the success of the vaccination programme I’m really glad to be able to bring you this news this morning that we are taking the trouble out of travel.
“We are making it much simpler for people to be able to get about, go on holiday, and to see all those friends.”
He added: “Holidays are back… the UK is open for business.”
The Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the scrapping of testing ahead of half term comes as “good news” for families.
“The UK has eased international travel measures for Covid-19 and now has one of the most free-flowing borders in the world – sending a clear message that we are open for business,” he added
So if you’re fully vaccinated, you can start packing your bags because holidays are back to the UK.