31 JANUARY 2022


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Article from BTNews 31 JANUARY 2022

Entry rule changes

The rules for entry to the UK change from Friday 11 February, but travellers do need to be in the know for the country they wish to visit.  The rules vary!

The date was chosen to be in time for the school half-term holidays. The old rules apply until then, meaning all fully vaccinated travellers and under 18s arriving in England will no longer need to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival, and will need to take a lateral flow test on Day 2 of arrival, rather than a more expensive PCR test.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate and take a free NHS PCR test to confirm the result.

As currently required, travellers must book their tests before completing a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), in the 48 hours before arriving in England.

As PCR tests can still be used, anyone who has already purchased one can take the test rather than the lateral flow variety.

From 04:00 on Friday 11 February arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before Day 2 after they arrive in the UK.

This means that the requirement to self-isolate and take a Day 8 test will be removed. All travellers will still need to complete a PLF.

For inward travel all under-18s, regardless of their individual vaccination status, will continue to be regarded as fully vaccinated.


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