PEOPLE arriving in England from abroad will no longer have to take Covid tests if they are fully vaccinated the Government has confirmed.

The rules have also been eased for unvaccinated travellers, who will no longer have to take a day eight test or self-isolate. But, they will still need pre-departure and day two tests.

In a boost for holiday goers, the changes will come into force from 4am on February 11, in time for the half-term break.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Shapps said the move would save families about £100 on visits abroad.

He said: "Today I can confirm that our international travel regime will now be liberalised as part of our efforts to ensure that 2022 is the year in which restrictions on travel, on lockdowns and limits on people's lives, are firmly placed in the past.

"That means that after months of pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing, self-isolation, additional expense, all that fully vaccinated people will now have to do when they travel to the UK, is to verify their status via a passenger locator form."

The move has been welcomed by the travel and tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

Travel Counsellor, Pippa Wilson said the Government announcement was 'welcomed news' and that 'it makes it so much easier for people to get away on holiday and have something to look forward to'.

Pippa said: "There are still some restrictions in place in other countries and we still need to take tests to go to certain countries but it does make coming back to the UK much simpler."

After the announcement was made, Pippa said that people are 'still confused' regarding the rules and regulations when travelling and she recommends that people book through a trusted travel agent.

Like many working in the travel and tourism industry, Pippa's business suffered during the pandemic, on how business has been for her in the past few months she said: "It has definitely got very busy.

"January has been an incredibly busy month, I really have seen inquiries coming in thick and fast."