Covid-19 travel guidance

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Covid-19 travel guidance

Updated Covid-19 guidance

Government guidance and regulations regarding travel during Covid-19. The government announced the most recent changes on the 6th of January. The summary is here but you can also contact your local British Embassy, High Commission or consulate if you require further advice.

There are currently no countries on the UK’s red travel list, but bear in mind that this can change at short notice.

Additionally you need to check the specific regulations for the specific UK country you arrive into as there may be slight differences.

Children under 18 entering the UK are classified as “fully vaccinated”, regardless of whether or not they have received the vaccine. Those over 18 must show proof of vaccination on arrival. Check the guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

Covid-19 guidance for ALL ARRIVALS

All arrivals must also complete a passenger locator form within the 48 hours before arriving into the UK. Children under 18 entering the UK are classified as “fully vaccinated”, regardless of whether or not they have received the vaccine. Those over 18 must show proof of vaccination on arrival. Check the guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

Covid-19 guidance for fully vaccinated arrivals into the UK

Please note that those under 18 qualify as fully vaccinated.

As of 4am on Friday 7th January pre-departure tests for those arriving into the UK who are fully vaccinated or under 18 will no longer be required. From 4am on Sunday 9th January the requirement to self-isolate on arrival until receipt of a negative PCR test will also be lifted. Instead, a negative lateral flow test will be acceptable. If you arrive before 4am on Sunday 9th January you must take a test before flying and also book a day 2 PCR test to take on arrival. You must self-isolate until you have received a negative result. We recommend taking a PCR test at the arrival airport when you arrive on Day 0 with the fastest service possible – some are within 24 hours.

Covid-19 guidance for arrivals into the UK who are not fully vaccinated

Travellers who are over 18 and not fully vaccinated must quarantine in the place they are staying for 10 days. They will be required to have a covid test in the 2 days before travelling. It is also mandatory to book day 2 and day 8 covid tests to take on arrival.

The government links for arrival into each individual country will show the latest updates:

Covid-19 guidance for travelling from a red list country

Currently there are no red list countries, but bear in mind that this can change at short notice.

Everyone who has been in or travelled through a country on the red list in the 10 days before arriving in England must quarantine for 10 days on arrival. For the majority of travellers, this means staying in a managed quarantine hotel.

Unaccompanied minors (under 18) travelling from a red list country to attend a boarding school approved by the Secretary of State for Education may be able to quarantine in accommodation provided by their boarding school.

The rules you must follow depend on which countries or territories you’ve been in during the 10 days before arriving in the UK.  If you are travelling from a country not on the red list but have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive, then you must follow rules for red list countries.

Face coverings

Face coverings are mandatory in indoor public spaces such as in shops or on public transport. This applies to all 4 nations of the UK.

What if my child tests positive in the UK?

The Department of Education has confirmed its position on self-isolation of Covid positive pupils in boarding schools. If a pupil in a boarding school is positive or shows symptoms, they should usually self-isolate in their boarding schools. Only in exceptional circumstances where there is an overriding health or safeguarding issue, should a pupil self-isolate away from school. The UK Health Security Agency have confirmed this position to minimise the public health risk. Positive cases in England, Scotland and Wales should isolate for 7 days provided they have negative lateral flow tests on day 6 and day 7.

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