All remaining UK coronavirus travel measures, including passenger locator forms, will end on Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced.
He tweeted: “All remaining Covid travel measures, including the Passenger Locator Form and testing for all arrivals, will be suspended for travel to the UK from 4am on March 18.
“These changes are possible due to the launch of our vaccine and mean more freedom in time for Easter.”
The rules were scrapped after a meeting with high-level ministers on Monday. Since the free trials will be removed in a matter of weeks, it effectively marks the end of all legal Covid restrictions in the country.
Covid cases have increased across the UK but remain a fraction of the peak of previous waves. Hospitalizations are up 19 per cent in a week in England but remain lower than last December.
Time-consuming passenger locator forms require people to fill in travel details, their UK address and vaccination status.
They have previously been used to track people after outbreaks of the virus.
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK airlines, welcomed the announcement, saying it sends the message that “the UK travel industry is back”.
“With travelers returning to the UK no longer burdened with unnecessary forms and testing requirements, we can now look forward to a return to pre-Covid normalcy throughout the travel experience,” he added.
“We are grateful for the timing of the announcement as we prepare to welcome passengers this Easter and summer, for which we know there is strong pent-up demand, and for the UK’s leadership in being the number one aviation market. important in removing all remaining Restrictions.”
Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “This welcome move from the UK government marks a return to truly restriction-free flights to and from the UK, providing an extra boost to travel this Easter.”