The transport minister said BRITS was able to avoid all Covid tests when returning from a holiday abroad.
Grant Shapps confirmed that he hopes to have test-free travel in the near future, with vaccination the key to unlocking unrestricted travel.
Speaking to Times Radio Breakfast, he said: “I think I could see a world where you don’t have to take the test at all.
“I can’t guarantee it will be the same the other way around because that depends on what other countries in the world decide to come up with.
“I imagine that in the near future we will live in a world where vaccination status is what countries are looking for.
“Definitely when I talk to many of my opposite sex around the world. That’s what they ask about.”
Prime Minister announced new rule change yesterday included the final part of the pre-departure test required by all arrivals.
In other major developments:
- Boris Johnson hopes to relax Covid rules in February
- The Prime Minister visited a vaccination center as he urged people to strengthen their health
Compulsory from tomorrow, Brits also don’t need to be in quarantine as they await their second day’s Covid test results.
And from Sunday, Britons will be able to do a second day side flow test instead of a PCR test – saving families hundreds of pounds.
The travel boss has praise the move towards unrestricted travel, with many previously calling for their removal to help the industry.
Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, said: “This is an extremely welcome move at a critical time in passenger booking season and will give a huge boost to those who want to. traveling abroad or to the UK this year.
“Everybody will now be able to book knowing that – for those who are fully immunized – all restrictions on emergency testing have been lifted.
“Today marks an important step towards learning how to live with the virus, helping passengers and the travel sector welcome the important spring and summer.”
Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss agrees: “The elimination of pre-departure checks to the UK and costly PCR checks on arrival is welcome progress and a necessary step in the direction of to frictionless air travel for our customers.
“Travelers can now book with confidence and look forward to reconnecting with loved ones and business colleagues.”
Kurt Janson, director of the Travel Alliance, warns that the stringent testing requirements are hurting the industry and they all need to be phased out completely to help it recover.
“They certainly make it difficult for the international travel sector, whether coming or going, to function properly,” he said.
“Resolving restrictions on international travel needs to be done. The government has a tourism recovery plan in place and the goal is to bring the figures back to 2019 levels by 2023.”
Britons will still need to check travel rules before going abroad, with destinations such as Spain and Cyprus requiring negative Covid tests.
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