The government has confirmed the removal of its pre-departure PCR test requirements for fully vaccinated passengers travelling into England and Wales. The pre-departure PCR test is for when you are returning to England. You will still have to follow the testing guidelines of your destination before flying.
PCR tests and self-isolation on arrival has also been scrapped, with the government reverting to its previous requirement of a lateral flow test to be taken within 48 hours of arrival and, if positive, a PCR test to check for variants.
The changes to international travel rules will come into effect from 4am on Friday, January 7th 2022, when pre-departure tests for travel to England and quarantine for arrivals will be removed. From 4am Sunday, January 9, lateral flow tests will be accepted in place of PCR tests for arrivals. These lateral flow tests can be booked from Friday, January 7th. These test must be booked and not self administered at home.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must still self-isolate on arrival. For more up-to-date info, check out the Government website.