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England scraps pre-departure coronavirus tests for arrivals

Pre-departure coronavirus tests will no longer be required to enter England, under tweaks to international travel rules announced by Boris Johnson Wednesday.

The U.K. prime minister told the House of Commons the requirement for all travelers to show proof of a negative test within two days of traveling to the U.K. will be scrapped from Friday.

The rule changes also mean arrivals into England are no longer required to isolate until they get a negative PCR test. New arrivals will instead have to take a lateral flow test on their second day after arriving in the country.

Johnson said the measures were having “limited impact” due to the prevalence of the Omicron variant, while still damaging the travel industry, which has lobbied hard for changes to the rules.

“When the Omicron variant was first identified, we rightly introduced travel restrictions to slow its arrival in our country. But now that Omicron is so prevalent, it has a limited impact on the growth in cases while continuing to pose significant costs to our travel,” Johnson told MPs.

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