When is the next travel update? Date of review of restrictions in the UK and why pre-departure tests could be scrapped



The requirement to take a Covid-19 test before departure before traveling to the UK could be scrapped already this week.

The rule was reintroduced in early December, in an attempt to slow down the spread of The Omicron variant.

However, the tribe is now dominant both in the UK and worldwide, to get ministers to reportedly admit pre-departure testing no longer serves a purpose.

The change could be confirmed by this week’s travel review – here’s what you can expect.

When is the next travel update?

Travel updates still come every three weeks, though they are far less eventful than in the summer, when the traffic light system was in place.

The next review is set for this week and the results are likely to be published in the afternoon of Wednesday the 5th or Thursday the 6th of January.

If previous examples are followed, there will be no TV update. Instead, any changes will be announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on social media and through the media.

What should we expect from the travel update?

The scrapping of tests before departure is believed to be the only potential change, significance the red list is set to remain empty.

Currently anyone aged 12 or over must take a Covid test in the 48 hours before traveling to the UK. They must present proof of the negative result in order to board their aircraft.

However, we could return to the previous rule, which only required people who were not fully vaccinated (meaning they had received two doses of the plug, with the second dose at least 14 days ago) to take a test before departure.

That day-two PCR test requirements and mandatory isolation is set to remain in place.

“Pre-departure tests were introduced to try to slow down the spread of Omicron and prevent it from entering the UK,” told a source The times.

“Now that Omicron is dominant in the UK and everywhere, it reduces the argument for having it. We have other ways to slow the spread through domestic tests.”

The travel trade organization Abta supports the removal of tests before departure.

“The government has always been aware that when the Omicron variant is widespread throughout the UK, there would be little justification for maintaining any restrictions on international travel,” it said in a statement.

“It is therefore very important that the additional test requirements that have been introduced are removed as soon as possible in accordance with scientific and medical advice, especially as we are rapidly approaching the key booking season for next summer.”

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