Great news for holidays in England!
From February 11th fully vaccinated visitors from countries that are not on England's red list will no longer be required to take a COVID test after arriving in England. To visit England they will only need to complete the UK's Passenger Locator Form before departing their country - no pre-tests, no Day 2 tests. This is great news for people coming to England on holiday. The above also applies to children under 18 - irrespective of their vaccination status. Less stress, less costs, less hassle!
In England, "fully vaccinated" means having 2 doses of an approved vaccine or 1 dose of the Janssen vaccine. At the time of writing there were no countries on England's red list - which means the above rules currently applies to all countries and territories.
From February 11th the rules are also changing for visitors who are not fully vaccinated. They will no longer be required to self-isolate upon arrival. They will need to complete the UK Passenger Locator Form, take a pre-departure test and a PCR test by the end of Day 2 in England. If the PCR test is positive they will be required to self-isolate.
For more information on the entry requirements for international visitors please visit the UK Government website here.
In other news: from January 27th people in England are no longer legally required to wear a face-covering in indoor public spaces. Instead they are recommended to be worn in crowded places/enclosed spaces. Some businesses may still require customers to use them e.g. the London Underground.
Happy holidays everyone!