Jet2 welcomes 'game-changer' Covid rule change as testing is scrapped for fully vaccinated

Jet2 have welcomed news that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to holiday without taking a test or having to self-isolate on their return UK.

By Alex Grant
Tuesday, 25th January 2022, 11:45 am

From February 11 the Government's Day Two lateral flow test after arriving in the UK will be scrapped.

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The change in regulations fully vaccinated customers and under 18’s able to holiday without the added hassle of testing.

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From February 11 the Government's Day Two lateral flow test after arriving in the UK will be scrapped.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2. com and Jet2holidays said: “This travel update is a real game-changer for the millions of people who simply want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays. Today’s announcement means vaccinated customers can once again book and travel on the normal, hassle-free holidays that they know and love.

"We applaud the Government for taking meaningful action to end a set of measures which were not only unnecessary but also ineffective in tackling the spread of the Omicron variant. This should now represent a permanent end to such restrictions, and we know customers will celebrate that news.”

Following the announcement, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have reported an immediate and dramatic increase in searches and bookings.

This increase follows a large return to pre-pandemic booking levels following the last travel update on January 5.

Traditional hotspots such as the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Mainland Spain, Italy and Portugal are selling strongly, and the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular Greece, Turkey and Cyprus are seeing enormous growth.

Holidaymakers looking to enjoy a post-pandemic treat, with the protection of a package holiday proving to be very popular.

In addition, whether it is upgrading the star-rating of their hotel, upgrading their board basis, selecting a better room, or taking multiple breaks, it is evident that many holidaymakers are really looking to indulge themselves after so long stuck in the cold of the UK.

Mr Heapy added: “With international travel once again starting to look like it did before the pandemic, customers are really jumping at the chance to make that booking, whether it is seeing friends and family, taking a holiday in the sunshine, a city break or a ski break.

"Many countries across Europe no longer require fully vaccinated customers to take a test, so it is great to see the UK join the club and allow hassle-free travel. We have a world-leading vaccination programme which until now, has not been fully realised.

"Allowing fully vaccinated customers and under 18’s to travel freely without imposing testing on them is an enormous step in terms of getting our lives back to normal.”

Leeds-Bradford airport's schedule currently includes flights destinations such as Amsterdam, Tenerife and Fuerteventura.

Prior to Christmas the airport released its 41 strong summer sun destinations list for 2023.

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