Are Fully Vaccinated Travellers Exempt from COVID-19 Tests in the UK?

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Written by Ray

February 25, 2022

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, fully vaccinated, travellers going to the UK will no longer have to take any covid-19 tests before departure and on arrival. Under the current travel rules, which are due to expire on the 24th of March, people who test positive for coronavirus must isolate for at least five full days.

This decision was made as figures are starting to get better and facilitate travel, showing the UK is open for business. It will favour the Travel and Tourism industry, one of the most affected sectors due to coronavirus lockdown measures. Additionally, there have been widespread calls to end the burden of the COVID-19 test for those who have had two doses of a COVID vaccine.

Mr Johnson also added that as long as encouraging data trends continue, the last domestic restrictions, including the legal requirement to self-isolate, should people test positive, can be ended a month early. Once the current rules expire in March, it is expected that they will end for good.

The time for the changes in rules to be applied is still unconfirmed; people must wait for UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to make a statement in the House of Commons regarding the COVID travel update.

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What are the changes in travel for vaccinated travellers?

Fully jabbed individuals under 18 years of age are no longer required to take a coronavirus test before or after arrival in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. To be considered fully vaccinated, non-UK travellers or foreigners must have received their jabs in a country or territory with an “approved proof of vaccination.” 

What about unvaccinated individuals?

Unvaccinated people are still subjected to COVID-19 tests, taken two days before departure. They also need to take a post-arrival PCR test two days after arrival. The test must be booked before travelling to the UK from a private government-approved list of providers.

Should the test come out as positive, travellers must immediately self-isolate. However, unvaccinated travellers are exempt from self-isolation upon arrival but must take a test on day 8.

How to show proof of vaccinations and test results at the UK border?

Visitors must have their Digital COVID passes detailing their vaccination status downloaded on their phone, whether in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Test results can be printed out in email or proof of text on a mobile phone.

EU residents can use and present their EU Digital COVID Certificate showing their vaccination status and test results. In England, teenagers aged 12 to 15 can prove their vaccination status via the digital NHS pass.

Current travel rules in England

  • People who test positive or experience any COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for ten days or five full days if they test negative on two lateral flow tests.
  • Indoor venues ask people to show their NHS COVID Pass.
  • Face coverings, like face masks, are required in health and care settings, including hospitals, GP surgeries, and Pharmacies.
  • Some shops and public transportation in London require people to wear face masks.

Are you looking for a testing provider?

Harley Medic International is a government-approved testing provider and an expert in COVID-19 testing. They have many locations across the UK, ensuring that a testing centre is near you. Getting a test is as easy as booking online and finding their closest clinic. Visit their website harleymedic.co.uk to learn more.

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