Today marks a major day for the travel industry, with the last of the restrictions put in place in order to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic having been removed at 4am.

The move - made by the government in advance of the Easter period - makes the UK one of the first major economies in the world to remove restrictions, and will make overseas travel a much easier process in the coming months and beyond.

Whilst testing had already been reduced for people who were fully vaccinated, the removal of restrictions means that no-one heading for the UK will now be subjected to any testing regardless of vaccination status.

Pre-departure testing and the two-day post-arrival test have now been removed from the list of requirements, whilst people arriving in the UK will now no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form.

More than 85% of people in the UK have had at least two doses of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 65% having had a booster or third dose.

"As we learn to live with COVID-19, we’re taking further steps to open up international travel once again ahead of the Easter holidays," health secretary Sajid Javid said. "We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants and keep a reserve of measures that can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe.

"We can remove these final restrictions thanks to the incredible success of our vaccination programme, which has seen more than eight out of ten adults across the UK boosted."

Although restrictions for returning to the UK have been eased, there are still certain requirements in place when travelling to other countries, with passengers advised to visit the GOV.UK website for the latest updates.

The NHS COVID pass will continue to operate for those people who require it for the purposes of overseas travel.