​The proportion of people who consider it “very important” that overseas travellers take Covid-19 tests has fallen to 53 per cent, down from 64 per cent in May, the month in which the ban on non-essential overseas trips was lifted.

Meanwhile, most UK residents found it either difficult or very difficult to follow overseas Covid-19 restrictions, the latest ONS survey into attitudes towards Covid-19 among passengers arriving into the UK revealed.

Most overseas residents said that they understood UK Covid-19 restrictions either quite well, or very well. However, they were either not at all confident, or not very confident in finding information about the UK’s Covid restrictions.

These results come following a summer in which changes to the traffic light lists for travel have been announced every three weeks.

New rules also came into effect for fully vaccinated Britons arriving in the UK from amber list countries (on July 19) and for those immunised under approved US and European vaccination programmes (on August 2). The data of the ONS survey is unweighted, so does not account for any difference in the respondent group compared to all travellers during the period. 

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