UK Travel Update: Vaccinated Travellers Need Not Test Before Departure

by Deeplata Garde
UK Travel Update: Vaccinated Travellers Need Not Test Before Departure

A trip to the UK on cards? Here’s a list of things to keep in mind. From 7th January, the ones with double vaccine and under 18s can avoid pre-departure test or self-isolation. A lateral flow test is the substitute introduced. Travellers should get it done before day 2 of their trip. Omicron is the most common form in the UK. And it is rapidly expanding throughout the population.

When Will The Regulation Commence In The UK?

Vaccinated travellers and children over the age of 5 can to do a lateral flow test starting at 4 a.m on Sunday, January 9th. Schedule your Travel lateral flow tests starting on Friday, January 7th, and taken by the end of day 2. You can avoid Pre-Departure PCR test . But they must continue to complete their post-arrival tests.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“As we learn more about the Omicron variant it is right that we keep our testing and border measures under review to ensure they remain proportionate.
The steps we’re taking will make travel easier for people while protecting the UK public from the virus.
Omicron continues to be a serious threat and it is important that travellers continue to get test done. The most important thing anyone can do if they haven’t already, come forward for their vaccine.”

What If You Already Have A PCR Test Done?

Because NHS Test and Trace lateral flow tests doesn’t qualify for overseas travel. Lateral flow tests must be from a commercial source. Passengers who have already purchased a PCR for travel will not need to purchase another test because PCRs are still valid.

Also Read: UK Updates Rules, Travellers From The UAE To Now Present A Negative PCR Test

What About The Unvaccinated Individuals?

Passengers who aren’t fully vaccinated must perform a pre-departure test. A PCR test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, and self-isolate for 10 days. Unvaccinated people who want to decrease their self-isolation period can still use the ‘test to release’ option.


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