The Home Office has announced that it will lift its COVID-19 testing requirements for those traveling from mainland China.

Key Points:

  • Beginning April 5, travelers from mainland China, including those traveling from China through Hong Kong and Macao, are no longer required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter England.
  • Individuals whose flights arrive to England before 11:59 BST on April 4 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours before arrival.
  • Testing requirements may differ for those traveling to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; travelers should refer to the respective government websites for specific requirements.
  • More information regarding COVID-19 travel guidance to England is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Home Office implemented the testing measures in January amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in China. The government said that COVID-19 has returned to a normal level in China and adjusted its response to the COVID-19 virus as needed.

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