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UK arrivals - pre-departure, quarantine and post-arrival [currently no requirements]

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A reminder that this thread is about the self-isolation requirements for UK arrivals.

It is a help/Information resource for those travelling or returning to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from outside the UK. Let's concentrate on news, questions and answers that are relevant and on-topic and stay away from speculations about the spread of the virus, the performance of politicians and other topics which are more suitable for OMNI.

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https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-t...virus-covid-19


18 March travel to the UK changes

If you will arrive in the UK from abroad after 4am, Friday 18 March, you do not need to:
  • take any COVID-19 tests Ė before you travel or after you arrive
  • fill in a UK passenger locator form before you travel

This will apply whether you are vaccinated or not.

You also will not need to quarantine when you arrive, in line with current rules.
Other countries still have COVID-19 entry rules in place. You should check travel advice before you travel.
If you will arrive in England before 4am, 18 March, you must follow the current rules as set out in this guidance.

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The following historical information is retained for the time being.

The Passenger Locator Form for passengers arriving into the UK can be found here:
https://visas-immigration.service.go...r-locator-form
This can only be completed once you are within 48 hours of arrival in the UK.

Exemption list from quarantine requirements - specific details:
https://www.gov.uk/government/public...k-border-rules

England
Statutory instrument for individual passengers arriving in to England: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/582/contents (this html version is updated, but may not have the very latest updates for Statutory Instruments released in the last few days)

Test to release for England only from 15 December, see post 4776 https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/32841066-post4776.html

Statutory instrument for transport providers http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2.../contents/made

Scotland
Statutory instrument for individual passengers arriving in to Scotland: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/169/contents (this html version is updated)

Wales
Statutory instrument for individual passengers arriving in to Wales: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2020/574/contents (this html version is updated) &
Welsh language version: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2...0200574_we.pdf

Northern Ireland
Statutory instrument https://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2021/99/contents (this html version is updated)


PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR QUICK RELEASE FROM SELF-ISOLATION (based on November 28th updates)
[This section has been moved lower down in the wiki post following the change in self-isolation rule on 7th January 2022[

Any PCR test noted as a UK Government Day 2 test will be accepted for release from self isolation as soon as you get the negative result. If it is any other PCR test (eg "Fit to Fly") and not advertised specifically as a Day 2 test then it won't be valid.

This means that you can:[list]
  • Book a suitable Day 2 PCR test before you travel and use the booking reference for the test on the PLF (Passenger Locator Form).
    • On your day of arrival go to your scheduled test.
      • Proceed to you place of self-isolation and await the result, which will hopefully be same / next day.

        Alternatively:
        • Book any Day 2 PCR test before you travel even if you do not intend to use this test, and use the booking reference for the test on the PLF to ensure entry to the UK.
          • Note that you are not strictly required to have a PCR booking before arrival, but your carrier might not know that so you run the risk of being denied boarding
          • On your day of arrival (or before end of Day 2) go to a walk-in test centre and take a different test to the one you booked.
            • Proceed to you place of self-isolation and await the result, which will hopefully be same / next day.

        If you are leaving the UK before the end of day 2 then you do not need to take a test, but are required to self-isolate for the duration of your trip (since you do not have a negative result). Also, if you are self-isolating while waiting for a result (and hence have not been informed of a positive result and need to isolate) you may travel to leave the country.

        If you take a test and it is positive for any variant of COVID you will be required to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.

        Whether you take a test or not you may be contacted by the UK Test and Trace system at any time if it becomes apparent that you have been in contact with another case. This is very unlikely to happen before day 3 if it is in relation to your flight to UK. Depending on the suspected / identified variant for that case and if you are fully-vaccinated by an accepted programme (see below for links to what this means and valid exemptions) :
        • Omnicron or not fully-vaccinated: You will be required to isolated for 10 days, including a bar on travel to leave the country. A negative Day 2 test does not release you from this requirement.
          • Other and fully vaccinated : You will not be required to isolate.

Test Providers for Day 2/8 tests & Day 5 Test to release
This section is for FTers to post their experience with specific providers (good or bad). Keep it brief and to the point. Please mention how the service is provided and your FT name.

DNA Workplace - Postal - Test kits arrived with me on time. Royal Mail slow for return. 5+ days for Day 2 result. #DaveS
DNA Workplace - Postal - Test kits both arrived on time, video of tests required, results by late evening Day 3 and Day 9. #TSE
ExpressTest Gatwick - Drive through - Tested early at 1000 a few times for TTR. Results came through in evening. #DaveS
NowTest - Postal - Day 2 kit arrived on time, day 8 did not. Will update with result arrival times when applicable. #wilsnunn
Collinson - Postal - Day 5 Test to Release kit arrived in time. Results and release by end of day 6. #tjcxx
CTM - Postal - Days 2/8 kits arrived together in time. Both sent results 2 days after posting. #tjcxx
Qured (Oncologica) - Postal -Day 2/8 kits arrived late. Results 3+ days from posting. #Gagravarr
Qured (Oncologica) - Postal - Day 2/8 kits arrived on time. Day 2 result on Day 5 and Day 8 result on Day 10 - happy customer! #EddLegll
Qured (Ocnologica) - Postal - Day 2/8 kits arrived on time. Day 2 result on Day 5 (after bedtime; ironically after my TTR result). #KSVVZ2015
Anglia DNA - Postal - Day 2/8 kits arrived early. (Both were labelled Day2). Results on Day 4 and Day 9. Cheapest on the list at the time, and good service/result. #tjcxx
Qured - Pre-flight test booked and bought through BA. Very efficient service. Highly recommended. #lhrsfo
Randox - Days 2 and 8. Booked two days before return, using BA discount. Kits already arrived on return. Slightly confusing instructions but manageable. Used Randox dropbox and results next day. Good. #lhrsfo
Randox - Day 2 (also used as pre departure test for a London to Milan flight). Used a drop box and results arrived at midnight the next day. #11101
Randox - Day 2 test centre - 2h30 queues outside the test centre in Waterloo. Results of antigen arrived 45 minutes later. #11101
Collinson - Test to Release at LHR T2. Good trip out! Very efficient service and well organised. Used BA discount. Results by end of day. Excellent. #lhrsfo
DAM - Test to Release in Fulham (they have many locations) - the cheapest fast turnaround TTR we have found. They promise 24 hours but in reality me, my wife, and my son (on different days) have received results inside of 12 hours. Very efficient staff as well. Princes outside of Central London as low as 99 GBP. Fulham is 129 GBP. #KSVVZ2015
Boots/Source Bioscience - days 2&8. Both packs sent in the same mail, waiting at the isolation address. Dropped off at postbox at 4pm, result back next day between 4 and 5 pm, very effective. Bought from Boots, £160, but same package sold directly bu Source Bioscience is just £120. Aaargh! Instructions said nasal and throat swabs, did only nasal and marked accordingly, no issues. #WilcoRoger
Collinsons/Stansted walkin TTR - test taken 1:30 pm, email with results 10:10 pm same day If the BA20OFF doesn't work (didn't work for us) there's another discount on the airport's site #WilcoRoger
Ordered Day-2 kit from Chronomics a week before our return for £18.99. Duly dispatched day we were returning to UK, so arrived on day following return. Reasonably simple process to do test and upload -ve result picture. Not sure where +ve result would have led to... #EsherFlyer
Hale Clinic testing centre (near Oxford Circus) - While not the least expensive, appoint schedules are accurate and results returned in promised timeframe. I've used the clinic for Day 2 tests (twice) and antigen test for US (once). I would def utilize again. #ecaarch
Halo at T5 (Sofitel) - Day 2 PCR spit test. Took the test 7pm, results arrived 7am the next day. No queues but a slightly awkward process to follow.

Useful data sources:

New cases per 100k - 7 days: https://covid19.who.int/table
New tests per 1000 - 7 days: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing
Vaccination doses per 100: https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations
Sequenced samples uploaded to GISAID: https://www.gisaid.org/index.php?id=208
NHS Track & Trace data (positivity rates for arriving passengers are published every three weeks, so if you can't find the data in the current release it will be in one of the previous two) https://www.gov.uk/government/collec...weekly-reports https://assets.publishing.service.go...ut_week_50.ods
UK daily COVID data https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/?_ga...827.1594116739
Risk assessment methodology to inform international travel traffic light system
Data informing international travel traffic-light risk assessments


Testing Terminology
Notes which may assist with understanding which tests to use and with "reuse" of UK tests for other countries regulations:
  • LFT: Lateral Flow Test - A rapid antigen test using nasal / throat swab typically performed by the traveler at home, hotel, etc using simple disposable device. Usually tests the "outer shell" of the nucleus (which causes the symptoms and is reasonably stable across variants) and not the "spikes" (which allow new variants to invade more easily), so gives a positive result for many variants. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-...d_antigen_test)
  • PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction - A laboratory based test which looks at the nucleus of the virus to determine which specific variant it is. After a positive LFT test ("I have some form of COVID") a PCR test ("You have the Gamma variant") allows identification and tracking of new variants to see if they are likely to become a "variant of concern". (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymerase_chain_reaction)
  • NAAT: Nucleic Acid Amplification Test - A general class of laboratory based tests which includes PCR, LAMP, etc tests. (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...b/naats.html)
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Old Aug 29, 20, 9:14 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
I too have asked this question and was told is because Canadians don't want to travel to UK. Isn't it England's call to determine who comes in their country right?! Just because Canadians don't want to travel to the UK why is the UK coloring them red when other green countries are so much worse? Still doesn't make sense.
Iím not sure who told you that, but itís not the case. All the information in this thread says itís because the Canadian government doesnít want its citizens travelling - so it may not be actively stopping them, as is the case in Australia, but it doesnít want to enter into any other agreement which might encourage it. Given the fairly close relationship between the countries itís not surprising the UK government is acquiescing to this.

Essentially at this point itís Canadaís call.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 9:43 am
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The man in question had a positive test, although I can't find any information about whether he had symptoms or why he had taken a test. Do you need to self-isolate while waiting for test results?



On my recent entries through Heathrow I saw about a third of passengers using paper forms, even though the majority of them had phones out texting while waiting for the egates... I suppose some of them may have submitted it electronically then printed a paper copy.

If you have a paper form it seems to me that there is no record at all as nobody collects it nor is there a place to leave them at the airport.
After a test you should self isolate until you get the results up to 72 hours later yes.

Regards paper forms I have seen one airline hand them out to passengers to fill manually. These were then not collected at arrival in Bristol so none of these peoples details would ever have reached PHE. Its all done as a show to be 'seen to be doing something'.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 10:02 am
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I suppose some of them may have submitted it electronically then printed a paper copy.
Which is what I do. At those times when HAL or the Border Force are trying to separate passengers, waving a printed version gets you through quickly. As far as I know there isn't a printed version that can be filled in, and the guidance is clear that it's a purely online process.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 10:34 am
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It was in the news yesterday that the police in Scotland have made several hundred house visits to check up on the quarantine.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 10:36 am
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What do you ,mean by 'non-exemptly broken'?
I was thinking of if you "do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move from the accommodation where youíre self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolatingĒ.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:10 am
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After a test you should self isolate until you get the results up to 72 hours later yes.
Indeed, this is logical as (for most people not in key professions) you should only be seeking a (non-private) test under current guidance if you are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID or have other good reason to think you might have it.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:12 am
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Indeed, this is logical as (for most people not in key professions) you should only be seeking a (non-private) test under current guidance if you are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID or have other good reason to think you might have it.
Indeed, in Scotland, some professions (such as teachers) are allowed on demand tests regardless of symptoms. I know some teachers going for weekly tests now that schools are back here. I don't think this is allowed in England or Wales.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by NWIFlyer View Post
Iím not sure who told you that, but itís not the case. All the information in this thread says itís because the Canadian government doesnít want its citizens travelling - so it may not be actively stopping them, as is the case in Australia, but it doesnít want to enter into any other agreement which might encourage it. Given the fairly close relationship between the countries itís not surprising the UK government is acquiescing to this.

Essentially at this point itís Canadaís call.
If that is the case, why then are we allowed to enter Germany, Switzerland, Greece and quite a few other countries without restrictions?
I am not saying what you wrote is not true, I am just wondering what the logic would be behind the Canadian government not entering into an agreement, if there is one with the UK but it allowing its citizens to enter other European countries as well as Mexico, Jamaica and others.

There are strict re-entry rules for everyone coming back anyway and while I don't have any personal experience yet, my understanding from others is that it is a strict 14 day self isolation period.

Just like many other rules all over the world, it somehow doesn't make sense and again please know that I am not saying your statement is wrong as there are so many things right now taking place which don't always make sense.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by yvrcnx View Post
If that is the case, why then are we allowed to enter Germany, Switzerland, Greece and quite a few other countries without restrictions?
I am not saying what you wrote is not true, I am just wondering what the logic would be behind the Canadian government not entering into an agreement, if there is one with the UK but it allowing its citizens to enter other European countries as well as Mexico, Jamaica and others.

There are strict re-entry rules for everyone coming back anyway and while I don't have any personal experience yet, my understanding from others is that it is a strict 14 day self isolation period.

Just like many other rules all over the world, it somehow doesn't make sense and again please know that I am not saying your statement is wrong as there are so many things right now taking place which don't always make sense.
There will be others on here much closer to it than me, and doubtless with a much better understanding as well. From my simplistic viewpoint, there is a much closer historical relationship between the UK and Canada than the other countries you mention, not least because of the strong Commonwealth ties - I think it’s fair to say Canada has been a very prominent and enthusiastic member since its inception.

From a pure infection rate viewpoint - absolutely, it makes no sense at all. The political/friendship/partnership angle is a very different one, and inevitably some of these decisions will have a political angle to some degree or other. This one smacks of a mutual back scratching exercise - the UK appears tough and in control, the Canadian administration gets some of the restrictions it wants without having to take responsibility for them.

It’s a win-win for everyone except the citizens.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:32 am
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Which is what I do. At those times when HAL or the Border Force are trying to separate passengers, waving a printed version gets you through quickly. As far as I know there isn't a printed version that can be filled in, and the guidance is clear that it's a purely online process.
i am fairly sure, but could be badly mistaken, that when over half the people who got off my flight into GLA had not completed the for there were paper forms available in GLA for people to use to complete it before being allowed to cross the uk border
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by yvrcnx View Post
If that is the case, why then are we allowed to enter Germany, Switzerland, Greece and quite a few other countries without restrictions?
I'm not sure those examples make sense. Switzerland (which is not exempt) and Germany are quite happy for people to travel between the UK and them with no restriction on the other side, and Greece is in fact very keen on it. Canada is not.

Maybe more apt examples would be Australia and New Zealand which are more similar to Canada from that point of view, but New Zealand and Australia at the time the first exemption lists were decided had such low incidence that it would have been crazy not to exempt them, whilst Canada was more borderline with important numbers in a couple of places (like Melbourne in Oz now, so if that had been the case in late June, I'm not sure Australia would have been exempted).
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Originally Posted by vanillabean View Post
I was thinking of if you "do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move from the accommodation where you’re self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolating”.
i am not aware of any way to amend the form after entry, but haven't looked.

you do have the ability to enter several addresses, so if there is a possibility you need to move while isolating then you should declare that

you also supply a mobile number, and you need to supply a phone number of someone who can contact you if the contact tracers cannot contact you

lets not forget, this is not just to check that you are quarantining, but to allow you to be contacted in the event someone who was near you on your flight subsequently tests positive. it is in you and your loved ones interest that they can do this!

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Originally Posted by NWIFlyer View Post
From a pure infection rate viewpoint - absolutely, it makes no sense at all. The political/friendship/partnership angle is a very different one, and inevitably some of these decisions will have a political angle to some degree or other.
I'm pretty certain that HMG approached HMG-GsM and said "would you have a preference to put you on the travel corridor list?". And the reply from Ottowa was "we have no opinion but we're not encouraging travel". I've had dealings with Anglo-Canuck relations for some 40 years and I've never known them as deep as now. So there is no way the existing set-up is contrary to Ottowa's preferences. And as soon as Canada says it actually wants to be on the list then it will be. After all St.-Pierre and Miquelon has been exempt since the start of the scheme.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:50 am
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i am not aware of any way to the form after entry, but haven't looked.

you do have the ability to enter several addresses, so if there is a possibility you need to move while isolating then you should declare that
You can indeed put in multiple addresses, with dates on them but frankly the telephone number is what matters. You cannot amend an existing form after pressing Submit, but you can amend the form by simply submitting it a second time from scratch, with the changed information. In reality, if there was a good reason for not being at the declared address then you wouldn't get into trouble for that, it's about doing the right thing more than filling in the right form.
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Old Aug 29, 20, 11:52 am
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Originally Posted by NWIFlyer View Post
The political/friendship/partnership angle is a very different one, and inevitably some of these decisions will have a political angle to some degree or other. This one smacks of a mutual back scratching exercise - the UK appears tough and in control, the Canadian administration gets some of the restrictions it wants without having to take responsibility for them.

Itís a win-win for everyone except the citizens.
This would make the most sense if we are trying to understand what the reasons are behind Canada being 'red' in UK's chart.
Who knows what is going on behind closed doors when governments talk to each other, making this kind of decisions and having some transparency would certainly go a long way as long reasoning is logical and makes sense.
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