The UK Government has announced that from 11th February, the rules for travelling into the UK are changing. From this date, all fully-vaccinated travellers will not need to take any Covid tests, either before they travel or after they enter the country. The testing required for non-vaccinated travellers is also changing.
What does this mean for you?
The UK has recently approved vaccines from several more countries. To qualify as fully-vaccinated, non-UK passengers will need to have been double jabbed in a country with an ‘approved’ proof of vaccine. You will also need to have had your final does 14 days or more before your travel date.
If you are non-vaccinated (or protected with a vaccine not recognised by the UK Government), then the following test is required:
- A pre-departure test within 48 hours of your departure to the UK. This can be a Lateral Flow (Antigen) or PCR test and must be returned as negative. If the test is positive, you cannot travel
- A Day 2 Covid test on our before Day 2 of your arrival into the UK. This must be a PCR test, which if purchased from CT24 will have the results within 24 hours of receipt at the Lab
Previously, all non-vaccinated travellers had to isolate for 10 days and take a PCR test on Day 2 and Day 8 of their arrival. They are no longer required to isolate and only have to take one test, on Day 2. If this test is returned positive, then the usual isolation rules apply.
At CT24, our pre-departure tests are designed to be taken with you on your trip, as they can be approved anywhere with our simple online verification system. This gives you piece of mind for your trip.
All passengers into the UK, regardless of their vaccination status, will still need to complete a passenger locator form.
What about children?
Under 18s are not required to take a pre-departure test for the UK, regardless of their vaccination status. From 11th February, children aged 5 and above will not need a Day 2 test, in the same way as adults (even if they are non-vaccinated).
When do these changes take place?
They will come into force at 4am on 11th February 2022. If you are arriving into the UK before this date, the current rules will still apply.
What about travelling to other countries?
The rules for each country differ and can also change regularly. Many countries are adopting a similar approach to the UK in removing pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers, but there are still plenty who require some sort of test, whether it be PCR of Lateral Flow (Antigen). Please check the UK foreign office website for the most up to date information. The rules for children can vary significantly for each country, so please check these carefully.
For those who are not fully-vaccinated, there is likely to be some sort of test required to travel to another country.
If you are thinking of travelling and are not sure what is required, please do contact us on [email protected] and we would be happy to help.