(CMR) Boris Johnson said England would not be imposing tighter restrictions, although the country is experiencing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases. In fact, people traveling to England will face a less strict testing regime from Friday.
Prearrival tests for people coming to England will be scrapped, and the need to self-isolate until a negative test will also end.
People in England with a positive lateral flow test but with no symptoms will no longer have to take PCR from 11 January
Travelers can also book the less expensive antigen (lateral flow) test rather than a PCR test if they arrive after 4 am on Sunday, 9 January.
Britons' testing rules will also be relaxed to shorten isolation periods and counter staffing shortages. British health officials have made plans to limit PCR tests to symptomatic people, allowing asymptomatic Britons to return to work faster.