UK scraps COVID testing for travel for fully vaccinated passengers

Posted: 11 February 2022 7:39 am

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Fully jabbed passengers travelling back to the UK no longer need to do a travel test within 2 days of arriving, nor need to self-isolate from today.

Fully vaccinated passengers and under-18s travelling back to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland no longer need to take a test nor quarantine when arriving from a non-red country, as of 4am today (Friday).

If you’ve had at least 2 doses, you only need to complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF), which can be done up to 2 days before travelling to the UK from any country that’s not on the government’s red list. There are currently no countries on the red list, but this can change.

This marks a significant easing in travel rules, lower costs and less hassle for travellers.

Changes come before half-term

These changes come just in time for half-term, and the scrapping of testing also applies to those aged under 18, regardless of their vaccination status.

This means that families heading abroad during the school holidays will save on the cost of lateral flow tests.

To count as “fully vaccinated”, you need to have had 2 doses of an approved vaccine or 1 dose of a Janssen vaccine.

Rules for unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated travellers

Those who are not fully jabbed need to take a pre-departure test, and book and pay for a PCR test on or before day 2 after arriving in the UK.

To compare prices for all types of COVID travel tests, use our travel test comparison table and guide, which are regularly updated.

The new rules scrap the need for isolating on arrival or taking a COVID day 8 PCR test.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the UK was able to make the changes because of the vaccine and booster rollout.

“This final step in our stable and safe full return to international travel is a major boost for UK tourism, setting Britain free ahead of the crucial half term and spring holiday season.”

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