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All UK Covid travel restrictions could be ended in days by Government

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All Covid travel restrictions in the UK may be scrapped within days under new plans being talked about by the Government.

While the passenger locator form has been simplified, it remains a requirement for people heading back to the UK from holidays and could be removed completely.

Travel rules have been eased and become more simple in the last few months for those who have been vaccinated for Covid.

And they do not need to take Covid tests before departures to some countries and on their return to the UK.

Also under discussion for ministers will be the possible removal of the testing requirements for the unvaccinated, the Mirror reports.

Removing passenger locator forms would be a boost for the tourism sector before the Easter holidays – which has been put forward by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The forms were introduced two years ago as a means of tracking infections and went into significant detail at a time when travellers had to quarantine on their return to the UK.

As it stands, the form is a lot more simple and requires each passenger’s address, contact number and flight details.

For unvaccinated people they need to still have a lateral flow test 48 hours before they travel back to the UK and then have another PCR test two days after they arrive.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said scrapping the passenger locator form was long overdue.

He told the Daily Mail: “It’s a shambles. They should ditch it, it’s completely irrelevant. Nobody collects them, nobody checks them or follows up on them.

“They were designed to pretend that the politicians were doing something to protect people.”

There is a possibility that a meeting to discuss scrapping all Covid rules could be postponed due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Currently flight bookings and prices are bouncing back following a relative return to normality for popular destinations like Spain.

Last month Boris Johnson announced his long term plan to “live with Covid”.

Self isolation laws for people with Covid were axed on February 24, meaning people with the virus would no longer be legally required to stay at home for the first time in nearly two years.

People were still advised to quarantine if they catch Covid but it was no longer a legal requirement.

Routine contact tracing also ended. This meant vaccinated Brits no longer were required to test daily for seven days if they came into contact with an infected person and unvaccinated people didn’t have to quarantine.

A Government spokesman was reported to have said: “We keep all measures under review, including the ongoing use of the passenger locator form, and will be updating on our contingency plans to fight any new variants ahead of Easter.”

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