Travel News Update
Upcoming changes from 22 September, 4am: Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya – no longer in red list.
Upcoming changes from 4 October, 4am: New Two tired system – red list only
Upcoming changes from end of October: DAY2 PCR could be substitute by LFT test
Current Government Policy
You do not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 COVID-19 test, as long as you:
- Have been fully vaccinated.
- Have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
You will need to:
- Declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form.
- Show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel via: NHS app/ an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe/ CDC card for the USA – you’ll also need to show proof of USA residency, such as your USA passport, visa or Green Card
Children under the age of 18, who are traveling to the UK, and people taking part in formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials will also be exempt from requirements to quarantine and take the day 8 test.
Requirements for all passengers entering the UK from anywhere:
- Negative test result- the test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure of the last flight to the United Kingdom.
- Completed “Public Health Passenger locator form”- to include *the booking reference number for the day 2
- The form and **test result must be presented at check-in and immigration on arrival.
*To be issued by provider at time of payment, consisting of Company-unique 5 letter prefix (CIRC1) + 7 letter customer unique suffix
**Tests accepted are antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. Passengers’ details (name, date of birth or age) on the test result must match those stated in the passport or other travel document. The test result must also include the contact details of the issuing Laboratory.
Upcoming government policy:
* Monday 4 October at 4am : The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories from
* Monday 4 October 4am: Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to take a PDT when travelling to England from
* End of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those with an approved vaccine from a select group of non-red countries will be able to replace their day 2 test with LFT on arrival into England.
* No changes will be for non-vaccinated passengers: Day2Day8, Day5(optional) , 10 days isolation.
Government Global Travel Task Force Traffic Light System
*Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.
**Not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you will have to quarantine on arrival and take both the day 2 and day 8 tests.
- Ascension Island,
- New Zealand,
- Hong Kong,
- Falkland Islands,
- Faroe Islands,
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands,
- St Helena,
- Tristan de Cunha,
- The Azores,
- Anguilla, Antarctica/ British Antarctica territory,
- Antigua and Barbuda,
- British Indian Ocean Territory,
- Cayman Islands,
- Ducie and Oeno Islands,
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Fully vaccinated people are set to be allowed to travel to amber list countries.
- Cape Verde,
- Costa Rica,
- Congo (Dem. Rep.),
- French Guiana,
- Sri Lanka,
- South Africa,
- La Reunion,
- Trinidad and Tobago,
- Zambia or Zimbabwe,
- Dominican Republic,
- St Leone
Day 2 Day 8 explained:
Children under five do not need to take day 2 and day 8 tests.
Day 2 (swab on day 0, 1, 2)
The day of your arrival into UK is treated as day 0. Test will be sent the day before your arrival to the place you identified as a place of your isolation.
- The day 2 test is designed to identify any potentially harmful variants of Covid-19. Tests are taken in your own accommodation and then sent to the laboratory.
- If you receive a positive result- a 10-day quarantine begins the day after the test was taken (i.e., day 13). You will also not be required to take any further test.
Day 8 (swab on day 8, 9, 10 )
Take a test on or after day 8 unless you have a positive result from day 2. Test day 8 will be posted to the place you identified as a place of your isolation on day 6 of your arrival.
- If you receive a positive result from this test, you will be required to quarantine until day 19.
In the first instance please contact:
or phone: 0800 7999 751 (Monday to Friday 6am to 10pm, Weekends 8am – 8pm)
International callers please dial: +44 (0) 1556 510 576