COVID travel restrictions to possibly be scrapped – Sheffield people give their view

10 March 2022

All COVID restrictions on travel could be axed within the next few days in time for the Easter holidays. 

Passenger locator forms, and testing of unvaccinated travellers, among all other curbs, are expected to be scrapped at a meeting of cabinet ministers next week. 

Marie Baldwin, a Sheffield local, said: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea to scrap the passenger locator forms yet as there may be a new strain that emerges and we need to be able to track and isolate that strain should it be a bad one.”

“The current strain seems mild, making it seem reasonably safe to lift restrictions, but I think we should still track passengers – it would allow us to isolate new variants quickly rather than allowing them to spread and result in more lockdowns.”

The current travel restrictions mean that only those who are fully vaccinated can enter the UK without the need for testing.

“I think the testing is probably not an issue as they have abandoned it elsewhere.”

Travellers also need to fill in a passenger locator form within 72 hours of their flight, in which they provide their address, phone number and flight details. 

University of Hallam student Harry Castle said: “I think it’s about time they got rid of travel restrictions, to be honest.”

“People have been living with this for long enough and if they are going to scrap the need for masks and self-isolation, I see no reason why they should persist with travel measures as it seems a little bit pointless.”

“Either COVID is still a risk or it isn’t – there needs to be some consistency.”

Currently, unvaccinated arrivals in the UK must take a rapid pre-departure test within 48 hours of travelling and a PCR test by day two of arriving. 

The removal of these measures would allow for restriction-free travel for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Written by Cameron Greenlees

Journalism student at The University of Sheffield

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