The Guardian - Gwyn Topham and Joanna Partridge

The aviation and travel industry has welcomed the scrapping of pre-departure tests for people travelling to England, which it had claimed were unnecessary and hugely damaging to the sector.

Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday afternoon that the requirement would be lifted from 4am on Friday, along with the need for travellers to self-isolate on arrival until they receive a negative PCR test result.

Arrivals in England will now need to take a lateral flow test no later than the end of day two, in line with the previous rules.

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