Understanding the testing system


All travellers coming into the UK need to take tests to be able to board a plane, and a day two test back in the UK to prove you're covid-free. Whether you also need to take a day 8 test, or test before you travel OUT of the UK, will depend on if you are fully vaccinated or not, if your country is on the green or amber list, or what the entry requirements of your destination are.


You need to follow THESE THREE STEPS:


1) CHECK THE ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FOR THE COUNTRY YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO


2) CHECK WHICH LIST THE COUNTRY YOU'RE TRAVELLING TO IS ON (Green/Amber)


3) WORK OUT WHAT TESTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL NEED



  • 1) What are the entry requirements for the country I'm travelling to?

All countries have their own rules on what UK nationals need to do to enter. So, before you even book a holiday, check the requirements of entry for the country you are planning to travel TO.


(For example, we just went to Malta and Malta's rules require everyone who enters the country aged 12 and older to be double vaccinated and prove it. So if you aren't double vaxxed you literally can't go to Malta, even though it's on our green list. ( 5-12's can travel with evidence of a negative PCR test result) this meant that we had to have our seven-year-old PCR tested in order to fly to Malta. As Malta in on the UK's green list we also needed to test negative before boarding our flight home and take day two tests after arriving in the UK.


Click here to find out what your destination will need from you and your family:


https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice scroll to 'entry requirements'

  • 2) Is your destination on the Green or Amber list?


Click here and look for your country, and see if it's on green or amber. This will affect the tests you need to take to fly home and whether or not you need to quarantine when you get home


https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

GREEN LIST RULES:


Before you travel to back into England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England

  • complete a passenger locator form

  • After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.

  • You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.



AMBER LIST RULES:


Before you travel to back into England you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England

  • book and pay for COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England

  • complete a passenger locator form

  • You must do these things whether you are fully vaccinated or not

  • After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2

If you are not fully vaccinated you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days

  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8



  • 3) So, what tests and forms will you need?



Proof of evidence of your covid vaccine:


you can do this via the NHS app, information is here: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/


Proof you have tests for day 2 after returning to the UK


We bought ours through Qured who emailed us a code which we put into our passenger locator forms: https://qured.com/ - go to DAY 2 TEST



A pre-departure PCR test in some circumstances

(if the country requires it or if you're travelling to an Amber list and aren't fully vaccinated)


We used randox for our 7-year-old https://covid.randox.com/pre-departure/

We did this because we live near the airport and could go in person and get the result immediately. They also offer tests delivered to your house that you can then send back


Complete passenger locator forms

For the COUNTRY YOU ARE VISITING - do these within 48 hours of travelling


When we went to Malta I had to fill in one for each of us - including the kids - and attach the proof of vaccine to our forms. The locator form for Malta is here: https://app.euplf.eu/#/

You'll need passport and flight and hotel details so make sure you've got it all to hand and have a quiet few minutes to concentrate!


RETURN FIT-TO-FLY TESTS

You will need to take a test in the country you are visiting BEFORE you travel home to the UK. You can do this in a couple of ways. One is to buy the tests before you travel, and take them with you. Qured offer this service, we bought them - they email you, you book a slot for a video call from your hotel (makes life with kids simpler) and send your results within an hour. But my husband forgot to pack them. So we went to a local pharmacy and had them there, it was really simple. Most hotels help you with this too, and I believe most airports let you test there before your flight too - I just felt this was risky and Liked the idea of having the tests in my case good to go. There's a timeframe in which to take them (within 72 hours before you arrive in the UK - so make sure you've worked that out and don't test too early) Get it sorted as soon as you arrive on holiday so you aren't fretting https://get.qured.com/ - choose TRAVEL TO the UK (as you'll be travelling to the UK from your holiday destination) and choose PRE-DEPARTURE


Chloe on our Instagram says she used living care who were only £25 each. She took a pic sent it and received the email certificate 5 minutes later


https://www.livingcare.co.uk/pre-departure-lateral-flow-test-for-travel


BOOKED YOUR DAY 2 TESTS (and day 8 if you need it) tests BEFORE you travel

Again we booked these through Qured, who sent a code, which you need to add to your returning passenger locator form https://qured.com/ choose DAY 2 TESTS


RETURN PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM

You'll have to fill this in while you're on holiday within 48 hours before returning to the UK.

You can add the kids to one of yours which makes it easier. You'll need codes to prove you've booked your day 2 tests and proof of the negative test result from the test you've taken on holiday. I recommend taking the tests as early as you can, then getting these filled in, then you can relax and enjoy your last days of the holiday!

https://provide-journey-contact-details.homeoffice.gov.uk/passengerLocatorFormUserAccountHolderQuestion


USE THIS LIST:


DO I NEED? HAVE I GOT?


*Proof of vaccine

*Pre-departure tests

*Passenger locator form

*Proof of day 2 test booking

*Return tests

*Proof of negative test result

*Return passenger locator forms

*Day 8 tests



This all feels super complicated, but it's so worth it honestly!


Any questions please just ask - I'm on instagram @seatkickers_


there's our facebook community:


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And email


amy@seatkickers.co.uk



Amy xx


Written by Amy Clowes


Amy is Seatkickers' editor, she lives in Manchester with her daughters aged eight and two. She loves travelling and discovering new places. Her favourite place in the world is Biarritz in France.











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