In what should be a boost to UK cruising, all pandemic-induced travel restrictions ended on 18th March.
According to the update, no one entering the UK now needs to take tests or complete passenger locator forms – previously required because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, this change removed the need for unvaccinated passengers to take a pre-departure test and a day two post-arrival test.
In addition, the remaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be ‘fully stood down’ from the end of this month, the Government said.
This will make the UK one of the first major economies to end all COVID-19 international travel rules, it was claimed.
Contingency plans are now in place to manage any future variants of concern, the Government added. The UK will be able to take swift and proportionate action to “delay any future harmful variants of COVID-19 entering the UK” should the need arise.
The UK Health Security Agency will continue to closely monitor the prevalence and spread of harmful variants and keep international data under review.
However, in order to minimise the impact on travel, as far as possible, the Government’s default approach in the future will be to use “the least stringent measures, if appropriate.”
Contingency measures will only be implemented in extreme circumstances, the Government explained.
The official data shows that 86% of the UK population have received a second vaccination dose, and 67% have had a booster or third dose.