An Exeter MP has called for the ‘bureaucratic and irritating’ passenger locator form to be scrapped, along with other restrictions.

Labor MP Ben Bradshaw asked the Prime Minister why the UK still requires incoming international passengers to complete the form, while other countries in Europe only require proof of vaccination status.

He said: “Given everything the Prime Minister has said this afternoon, why is he keeping the bureaucratic and irritating passenger locator form when the whole of the rest of Europe can already travel freely by showing a vaccination certificate?”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded by first saying Mr Bradshaw’s comment was a ‘welcome plea for freedom from the opposition benches’, prompting laughter from Tory MPs.

Mr Bradshaw motioned for Mr Johnson to hurry up with his response, and the Prime Minister said: ‘I can tell him we have one of the most open travel systems in the world and the locator form for passengers, I understand his grievance against that, we are certainly looking into it.

The call from Exeter MPs came as ministers had time to quiz Boris Johnson after he unveiled his ‘living with covid’ plan which saw self-isolation rules and free covid tests removed across the UK.

Currently, incoming international visitors are required to complete the form which requests their contact details, vaccination status and travel history.

Unvaccinated travelers also need proof of a negative test.

According to the government website, the information provided will be used for contact tracing purposes if another passenger on their journey subsequently tests positive.

Contact tracing will end in the UK on Thursday (February 24), but passenger locator forms will remain after that date.

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