Compare unvaccinated travel tests

Under the 4 October rules, unvaccinated travellers have to jump through a few more hoops when entering the UK. Compare your options to help minimise your costs.

Green and amber country lists merged in October, with different rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals.

The rules for "red" countries haven't changed – if you're entering the UK from a red country you'll still need to arrange a hotel quarantine (which includes mandatory post-arrival tests) whether you're vaccinated or not. Separately, you'll also need to arrange a pre-departure test to enter the UK.

For "non-red" countries, if you're not vaccinated, you must take a pre-departure test before you arrive, and you'll also need to have booked and paid for day 2 and day 8 post-arrival tests. You must self-isolate at home until you get a negative test result for day 8. In England you can opt to take a test on day 5 (under the Test to Release scheme) if you want to end your isolation earlier (but you'll still need to take the day 8 test).

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Name Product Test purpose Test type Test location Price (from) Key benefits
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Pack (PCR fit to fly, antigen test to return, PCR day 2 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£279.20
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Arrival Pack (antigen fit to fly, PCR day 2 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£339
VERIFIED
Corona Test Centre Unvaccinated Pack Plus (PCR fit to fly, antigen test to return, PCR day 2, 5 & 8)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£399.20
Chronomics Unvaccinated Bundle (antigen test to return, PCR Day 2 & 8 tests)
Unvaccinated bundle
Lateral flow (antigen), PCR
Home
£153.48
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Who is considered “fully vaccinated”?

To be deemed “fully vaccinated” in the context of entering the UK, you’ll need to have had your second dose at least 14 days before you arrive.

You’ll need to have been fully vaccinated in the UK or in a country with a vaccination programme approved by the UK. You’ll also need to be able to show proof of vaccination.

If you don’t meet the above criteria, then you must follow the rules for those who are not fully vaccinated.

What about unvaccinated children?

Broadly speaking, the UK rules that apply to unvaccinated under-18s are the same rules that apply to vaccinated over-18s. So if you’re entering the UK from a non-red country, and you’re an unvaccinated under-18-year old, you only need to arrange a day 2 test.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, children aged 4 and under arriving from non-red countries don’t need any tests at all; in Scotland, kids aged 10 and under arriving from non-red countries don’t need any tests.

Infographic showing requirements for unvaccinated travellers arriving into the UK from red or non-red countries. Updated for 4 October rule changes.

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