The government has announced several changes for testing requirements for travellers entering the UK. Below we’ve outlined what this means for you.
What are the testing requirements for the UK if I’m vaccinated?
From 04:00am on Friday 7th Jan: Fully vaccinated passengers and under 18s will no longer need to take a pre-departure test before returning to England.
From 04:00am on Sunday 9th Jan: Fully vaccinated passengers and under 18s will no longer need to take a Day 2 PCR test upon arrival in England. Instead, they can take a Day 2 Lateral Flow test, and will not need to self-isolate before receiving their result.
If your Day 2 Lateral Flow test is positive, you will need to isolate, and take a PCR test.
What are the testing requirements for the UK if I’m not fully vaccinated?
The rules for unvaccinated people remain the same.
If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated you must still produce a pre-departure test before boarding your flight to the UK. You can purchase your pre-departure test here.
If you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, you must book and pay for a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR Test to be taken while in quarantine. You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8 (day 0 being the day you arrived in the UK).
Whether your Day 2 test is positive or negative you must remain in quarantine. If your Day 8 test is negative you can stop quarantine, but if it is positive you must remain in quarantine the full 10 days after arrival.
You may be able to end your quarantine early if you purchase a Day 5 Test to Release. If your Day 2 test is negative, you can take a further test on Day 5 and if it is negative you may leave quarantine.
You must still take your Day 8 test even if your Day 5 is negative.