All Covid-19 travel restrictions have been officially lifted for passengers arriving in the UK.
The final restrictions, including the end of Passenger Locator Forms (PLFs), were lifted at 4 a.m. Friday, March 18.
Passengers who have not been vaccinated against Covid will also no longer have to take tests when visiting the UK. The UK government had announced its intention to lift all remaining travel restrictions earlier this week.
The move, which comes almost exactly two years after the UK’s first Covid lockdown was enforced, is seen as a ‘watershed’ moment for the travel industry, with many predicting it will act as a huge boost for the business travel industry.
Aviation Minister Robert Courts said: “Everything we have worked for – every shot, every test and the sacrifices made by the whole country means that finally, almost two years later, we can all fly without bureaucratic restrictions.”
The UK government continues to advise outbound travelers to check Covid requirements and rules in the destinations they are traveling to.
But the road to resuming business travel may still not be easy, with fuel prices and inflation rising rapidly as the war in Ukraine continues.
The UK’s Business Travel Association (BTA) said the second week of March saw the biggest drop in domestic and international business travel to the UK since the start of 2022.
Clive Wratten, CEO of BTA, added: “At a time of heightened uncertainty across the world and rising fuel prices threatening our industry, it is discouraging to see a reduction in business travel.