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

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 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 Oct 15, 20, 9:54 am
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Originally Posted by southlondonphil View Post
Media reporting that Italy will be removed from the exempt Travel Corridor list from 4am Sunday (1 day later than previous changes) along with San Marino and Vatican City, though Crete may be added back onto the 'quarantine'-exempt list.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...ravel-corridor
I can understand why the Vatican City is removed as there have been seven cases, resulting in a biweekly infection rate of around 850 per 100,000, but why San Marino? They're only at around 70.
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Travel Corridors update 15 October 2020.

Travel corridors is the official term for countries exempt from self isolation upon arrival into the UK. Italy, San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State) are removed as of Sunday morning 04:00 hrs. If you arrive into the UK from Italy from Sunday you will need to self isolate for 14 days, unless otherwise exempt.

They are treated as one country by the Joint Biosecurity Centre.

Crete is back on the exemption list, so just Mykonos requires self isolation in Greece, and this is now the UK wide approach, including Scotland.
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Old Oct 15, 20, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by Im a new user View Post
I can understand why the Vatican City is removed as there have been seven cases, resulting in a biweekly infection rate of around 850 per 100,000, but why San Marino? They're only at around 70.
Well there is the difficulty of physically getting to San Marino without traversing Italy which is probably a factor, but that is inconsistent with Liechtenstein remaining on the Travel Corridor list despite there also being no way to get to it without going through Austria or Switzerland both of whose infection rate numbers are nearly twice as bad as Italy.

Then again, logic and consistency are seemingly alien concepts to those laughingly referred to as 'in charge'
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Old Oct 15, 20, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by southlondonphil View Post
Well there is the difficulty of physically getting to San Marino without traversing Italy which is probably a factor, but that is inconsistent with Liechtenstein remaining on the Travel Corridor list despite there also being no way to get to it without going through Austria or Switzerland both of whose infection rate numbers are nearly twice as bad as Italy.

Then again, logic and consistency are seemingly alien concepts to those laughingly referred to as 'in charge'
infection rate is just one of the things considered when making the decision on travel corridor. A number of other factors are considered include, but not limited to, the rate of growth and the positive test percentage. This is why decisions are inconsistent. A lot of it is a judgement call based on multiple risk factors
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Old Oct 15, 20, 11:47 am
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Cyprus records a new record high today, 104 cases. Still quite low positivity rate and effective trace/contact system. Hopefully it will go down over the next few days so it is safe next week too but not necessarily looking optimistic for next week's review.
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Would the UK ever still do a sudden 'whacking' of a country, or is it now just ever on a Thursday to start on a weekend (with once a week being seen as frequent enough)? When it happened with Spain there wasn't a weekly meeting like there is now and other than the sudden whack of Greece by Scotland due to the cases coming from its islands, it has not happened since.
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all 4 countries make their own decisions, so the UK in unison will not whack a country. while so much focus is on the domestic situation I see decisions for England being taken on Thursdays. Other countries may make decisions on other days

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Old Oct 15, 20, 12:55 pm
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Would the UK ever still do a sudden 'whacking' of a country, or is it now just ever on a Thursday to start on a weekend (with once a week being seen as frequent enough)? When it happened with Spain there wasn't a weekly meeting like there is now and other than the sudden whack of Greece by Scotland due to the cases coming from its islands, it has not happened since.
We've just binned Italy despite our own corona caseload being three times as high. There simply won't be any countries left to whack.
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I tried to search for an answer, but cannot find the right keywords to locate if there is answer.

According to what I have seen on www.gov.uk , it should be possible to do overnight transfer with self isolation in hotel LHR hotel, international to international. That should be doable, correct?
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Old Oct 15, 20, 1:56 pm
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Yes, I did this last weekend.

Complete the contact form and you will be set.
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Old Oct 15, 20, 1:58 pm
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We've just binned Italy despite our own corona caseload being three times as high. There simply won't be any countries left to whack.
Fair enough though Greece and Cyprus (as mentioned above in my discussion re case increases) are both letting UK citizens in and are quarantine free, so there are a few options left here and there
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Yes, I did this last weekend.

Complete the contact form and you will be set.
Forgot to thank you for quick response.

What option out of the three you put on the contact form?
I can have it on 2 tickets much cheaper, or one ticket at about 30 percent premium, you think it matters?

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Originally Posted by honzeek_cz View Post
Forgot to thank you for quick response.

What option out of the three you put on the contact form?
I can have it on 2 tickets much cheaper, or one ticket at about 30 percent premium, you think it matters?
one or two tickets doesnt matter.

on the form you just put your hotel address for your self isolation.

basically the rules are you should go from the airport directly to your hotel and self isolate there. And then when you depart head back directly to the airport.
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Here is the Friday data, as far as I can tell we have inputs from everywhere today. I've put Greece as green now, since it's only Mykanos affected now, and all of the UK is on the same page now. Mykanos (JMK) requires 2 weeks of self isolation on return to the UK, rest of Greece is fine. Italy turns red on Sunday but it's marked as such above. Belgium and the Czech Republic continue to report large daily increases, and Switzerland is now over 200. USA is showing some of the early signs of acceleration.
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