England returns to Plan A by easing the Covid restrictions
If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK. The new rule comes into effect on the 11th of February 2022, announced the UK government.
If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a Pre-departure test. After you arrive, you will need to take a PCR test on or before Day 2, but you will only need to quarantine if it’s positive.
All travellers will still need to complete a Passenger locator form.
From 27 January people no longer need to wear a face covering. However, the government recommend wearing one in crowded, enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
With the ease of the COVID-19 restriction, England returns to plan A. This getting possible, because of the success of the booster rollout, says the UK Government.
All measures under Plan B have been lifted, meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venues. COVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from home.
It is still a legal requirement for those with COVID-19 to self-isolate for 10 days with the option to end self-isolation after 5 full days following 2 negative LFD results. People who have a positive LFT don't need to take a PCR test to confirm their status.
The vaccination programme continues
Over 37 million boosters have now been administered. According to the government, the vaccination programme has succeeded in reducing the risk of severe infection and hospitalisations, easing pressure on the NHS. Hospital admissions have now stabilised and the number of people in intensive care units with COVID-19 continues to fall.