From 4th October, the steps you must follow when travelling to countries not on the Red List will depend on your vaccination status. For more information, click here.
Pre-departure COVID-19 testing is now only required for non-vaccinated UK arrivals from 'Good To Go' countries and all passangers who have visited a Red List country 10-days before arriving in the UK. Anyone arriving by plane, train or boat and who have not been fully vaccinated or have travelled into a Red List country are required to take a test up to 72-hours before leaving the country they are in and provide a negative test certificate before they are able to travel.
The Government has stated that all forms of PCR tests would be accepted, as will other forms of COVID-19 test “with a >97% specificity and >80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml”. This included includes a nucleic acid test, including a PCR test, a LAMP test and an antigen test, such as an Lateral Flow Device.
Are travellers still required to quarantine?
If British Nationals test positive for COVID-19 while abroad, the Government states that you should not travel and should follow the local guidance on self-isolation.
Passengers arriving into the UK from any Rest Of The World countries will follow different rules depending on their vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated travellers will need to complete a passenger locator form 48-hours prior to arrival and take a Covid-19 PCR test on or before day 2 after arrival. They will be required to quarantine at home until they recieve a negative result from this PCR test on return in the UK.
Non-vaccinated travellers are required to quarantine on arrival in the UK for 10 days. As well as, complete a passenger locator form 48-hours prior to arrival and taking a Covid-19 test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. Quarantine can end early on day 5 with a negative result of an additional Covid-19 test under the Test To Release scheme.
All passengers arriving into the UK from countries on the Red List will be required to quarantine in a government-provided accommodation for 10-days. Cost of the 10-day stay must be paid by the passenger. Fines of up to £1,000 and/or the threat of prosecution will be issued to those who do not comply with any of these new measures. On days 2 and 8 of your 10-day self-isolation you will also be required to take further COVID-19 tests.The Business Traveller Quarantine Exemption and the Test to Release scheme do not apply to those travelling from 'red list' destinations.
Airlines, train operators and ferry firms will be expected to enforce the rule, and face fines if they allow travellers on board without an approved test certificate. Carriers may deny boarding to passengers who are not in receipt of a qualifying negative test.
All individuals who fail to comply with this new test measure requirement will be fined £500 immediately by UK Border Force officials on arrival.
Are there any exceptions to the rule?
Travellers from Falkland Islands, Ascension Islands and St Helena are exempted permanently, because of the issues with testing available in these destinations.
Children under the age of 11 are exempt from these pre-travel testing requirements. Hauliers also are exempt to enable the free flow of freight, as are air, international rail and maritime crews who are able to continue working as they are now.