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Travellers heading to England will no longer be required to take a pre-departure covid test before they set off as the government switches back to travel rules in place before the arrival of the Omicron variant.

The change, which it is hoped will make travel easier and cheaper, will apply to fully vaccinated adults and under 18s.

While the government presses ahead with its continued Plan B, domestic restrictions to try and manage the spread of the Omicron variant, testing and border measures are changing.

Air travel has been hard hit by quarantine rules during Covid. (54116659)
Air travel has been hard hit by quarantine rules during Covid. (54116659)

Alongside abandoning the need for travellers to take a coronavirus test before setting-off for England, the requirement to self-isolate on arrival is also being scrapped for those eligible.

Also among the changes for holidaymakers coming into force in the coming days, is the move to now accept a lateral flow test instead of a PCR for fully vaccinated travellers and over 5s, who are testing themselves to ensure they remain clear of Covid before or on their second day in England.

Up until now those coming back into the country were required to pre-book and pay for PCR tests to identify whether they had carried any infection back into the country.

France has banned UK nationals from travelling by car across the country to homes in other EU nations (Philip Toscano/PA) (54116804)
France has banned UK nationals from travelling by car across the country to homes in other EU nations (Philip Toscano/PA) (54116804)

But from 4am on Sunday (January 9), children aged over five and adults who are fully vaccinated will now be able to take and register the results of a rapid test instead.

A 'full review' of all international travel measures for 2022 is expected at the end of this month.

Ahead of this, from Monday (January 10), proof of vaccination from more than 15 further countries and territories will be accepted for entry into England including Bhutan, Cameroon, Fiji, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, north of Cyprus, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, The Gambia and Uzbekistan.

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