Latest update as Government simplifies rules for children from 22 November
Only a month away from the Christmas holidays, families might be thinking of going on a trip soon. Britons who wish to go on a holiday must keep track of the recent travel and testing requirements especially if they are travelling with children. Otherwise, travelling might be complicated.
For people planning to travel with children, here is what you need to know:
Children aged 4 and below do not have to take a coronavirus test before travelling. Adults who are with them can complete a passenger locator form including the children in the same form if they are staying at the same address.
The rules about testing remain the same for those arriving in England from a red list country. However, they will need to stay for 10 days at a quarantined hotel. Such rules also apply to children who are UK residents or residents in a country with an approved vaccination programme.
Children aged 5 and above must take a day 2 test which must be taken on or before day two of arrival in England. The arrival day is day 0. They can be included in the passenger locator form of an adult they are travelling with if they live at the same address.
Travellers arriving in England from a country under the red list must enter hotel quarantine and take two tests for coronavirus. The rules apply to children who are UK residents in a country with an approved vaccination programme.
Children 11 to 17 years of age must take a day 2 test after arriving in England. The said test must be taken on or before day two of arrival. The arrival day is day 0. They can be included in the passenger locator form of an adult they are travelling with if they live at the same address.
If they are from a red list country, they must take a pre-departure test three days before travelling. After arrival in the UK, they are required to enter a hotel quarantine and take two COVID-19 tests. The same rules apply to children who are UK residents in a country with an approved vaccination programme.
Testing Rules for Children Who Are Residents of Another Country
- Children who are non-UK residents aged 5 to 17 must take a Covid-19 test before travelling to England.
- Take a day 2 and 8 testing after arrival in England.
- Quarantine for 10 days at home or a place they are staying at.
The Government of UK has notified that from November 22, 2021, children who are 17 years or below would be treated as though they are fully vaccinated thereby, they will not be required to undergo any quarantine on their arrival to England. This is applicable to those children that are residents in the UK or ‘’in a country or territory with an approved proof of vaccination’’. This rule has also been extended to those children with parents that are fully vaccinated under the approved UK overseas vaccination programme.
This update is a huge relief to parents as children, whether vaccinated or not, will still be eligible to be exempted from the self-isolation mandatory requirements, day 8 testing or a pre-departure test. The only test that the children need to take from 22 November and onwards, is the post arrival test also explained as the Day 2 rapid antigen. This news comes as a delight to all families planning to visit other countries for christmas and looking forward to simple testing rules on their arrival back to England. The Government has been reviewing rules every few weeks to ensure that the UK remains safe and free from coronavirus infection surges. Border measures were previously stringent and have been eased with the success of the vaccination programme.
It is important to remember that travel rules and requirements for children might differ depending on what country they choose to visit. Always check for government websites to stay updated.
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