January 2022 – Changes to the laws governing fully vaccinated travel to England
From 4 a.m. on Friday, January 7
If you are completely vaccinated for travel to England and will arrive after 4 a.m. on Friday, January 7, you are exempt from the following requirements:
1. Before travelling to England, take a COVID-19 exam.
2. When you reach England, you will be quarantined.
From 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 9
Suppose you are completely vaccinated for travel to England and will arrive after 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 9. In that case, you may opt for a lateral flow test rather than a PCR test upon arrival. If you have a positive result from a lateral flow test, you must self-isolate and obtain a free confirmation PCR test.
You must schedule the exam in advance of your visit to England. You may schedule lateral flow testing from 4 a.m. on Friday, January 7. Moreover, you are not permitted to conduct a lateral flow test until after 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 9. Prior to 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 9, you must do a PCR test upon arrival.
The fully vaccinated regulations also apply to minors aged 17 and under, those participating in an authorized vaccine study, and anyone who is medically unable to get a vaccination.
If you arrive in England before 4 a.m. on January 7, you must adhere to the existing vaccination requirements. The restrictions governing those who do not meet the definition of completely vaccinated for travel to England will remain unchanged.
Before you travel to England (fully vaccinated)
Before visiting England, you must:
1. Do a COVID-19 test; this should be done two days before your trip to England.
2. Arrange for and pay for COVID test travel or PCR test to be performed once you arrive in England.
3. Complete a passenger location form; this form must be completed 48 hours prior to your arrival in England.
If your stay in England is fewer than two days, you must still arrange and pay for a COVID-19 exam on day 2. You must remain in quarantine until you obtain a negative test result or depart from England, whichever occurs first.
When you arrive in England (fully vaccinated)
You must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in England. This is the test that you reserved before your trip. You may take the test at any time after your arrival, but no later than the conclusion of day 2. Day 0 begins the day you arrive. While you wait for your test results, you must quarantine yourself in your house or wherever you are staying.
The Results of the Tests
- If the PCR test is negative, you may terminate your quarantine.
- If your PCR test is positive, you will often be required to self-isolate for ten whole days. Day 0 is the day of the exam.
After seven days, you may discontinue self-isolation if you do a quick lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and:
1. Both tests return negative results.
2. You conducted both tests at least 24 hours apart.
3. You do not have a fever.
- If a quick lateral flow test is positive on day 6, wait 24 hours before doing the following test.
- If the outcome of your PCR test is unclear, you must self-isolate for a complete ten days. Day 0 begins on the day you take the test. Also, you might choose another private test.
- If the test results are negative, you may discontinue self-isolation.
- If the outcome of your PCR test is delayed, you must quarantine until you obtain a negative result or until day 14 following arrival, whichever comes first.
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