A boost for London: Rishi Sunak eases Covid testing rules


Ishii Sunak has described the easing of testing rules for international visitors as a “tourism boost” in London after nearly two years without any shows by foreign tourists being extremely damaging.

Much of the West End’s economy has been badly hit by a sharp drop in travel that began as soon as the first reports of the pandemic emerged in January 2020.

The requirement for pre-departure testing for travel to England is being ditched for fully immunized and under-18s from Friday morning.

They will not even have to isolate until the negative result comes. Mr Sunak told The Standard on Thursday: “Yesterday there was good news for the travel sector and testing requirements for international travel to London have now come down significantly.

“This is a positive step to boost tourism … and ensure that we can recover strongly from the pandemic in the coming weeks and months.”

He also emphasized: “I would urge everyone in London who deserves a booster jab as soon as possible. This is the best way to protect your health, protect jobs in the capital and keep the economy open.” “

There is a huge stalled demand for global travel… We look forward to welcoming visitors back

The announcement was welcomed by tourism owners in London.

Laura Citron, chief executive of London & Partners, which runs tourism body Vis London, said: “There is a huge demand for global travel and we have seen an increase in bookings for international visitors and London after the lifting of restrictions. Last year.

“We expect the same pattern to emerge in tomorrow’s announcement and look forward to welcoming international visitors back to London.”

But Tom Jenkins, chief executive of European travel body ETOA, cautioned that the two-year on-off ban could do long-term damage to London’s reputation.