FROM 11TH FEB (4am) THE RULES ARE CHANGING AGAIN:
If you are fully vaccinated and aged 17 or under:
You will NOT need to take a lateral flow test two days after you arrive home. (Tha's for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland)
If you are not fully vaccinated:
You will NOT have to self-isolate on arrival
You will NOT have to take a test on day eight
However, you will still have to show proof of a negative Covid test taken within the two days before you travel, and you must still take a post-arrival PCR test.
You will NOT need to isolate when you get back
WHAT ARE THE RULES RIGHT NOW?
Currently for FULLY VACCINATED travellers (and anyone under 18) coming into England, Scotland and Wales here's the deal...
* You no longer have to test in the country you're visiting in order to fly home
* You DO still have to take a day 2 test when you return home, but this can now be a lateral flow test - it doesn't need to be a PCR. It still has to be paid for through a private company (think Randox / Qured etc, you can find a list of providers HERE ) You need to book this before you travel so you can receive a code to use on your return passenger locator forms
* You also no longer need to isolate while you wait for the results of that test
When leaving the UK:
You still need to CHECK THE RULES OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT
Our rules cover people flying into our countries so we can protect ourselves. All countries have different rules of entry. So whether you need to test before you fly, isolate when you arrive / be fully vaccinated and at what age, will depend on the country you are visiting. So do make sure you've read up on this preferably BEFORE you book your travel.
You will still need to fill in passenger locator forms, these are specific to the country you are visiting and need to be completed within the 48 hour period before you fly.
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!
If you need to PROVE YOU'RE FULLY VACCINATED, you can get this via the NHS app https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/
IF YOU AREN'T FULLY VACCINATED:
Unvaccinated passengers will need to continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on day two and day eight, and self-isolate for 10 days
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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