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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 – 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 Dec 1, 21, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by Silver Fox View Post
I used Expert Medicals, £20, and I don't recall any flight details being asked for only arrival date. Could be wrong.
They’re great, as long as you don’t mind the results taking 9 days!

That is the genius of the government’s “isolate until you get your results” rule.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 3:44 am
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I had just ordered a couple of lateral flow test for day 2 testing which I now cannot use. However could I recycle them to use as a fit to fly lateral flow test? Not sure how that works with registration number and such?

By the way, just did the day 2 PCR test at Hasu diagnostics in Slough. Chose the in clinic option. What it actually is that you get a self test you perform (in my car) and the you drop it off there. They handle all the paperwork. Was all quite quick and should have the results by 23 tonight at the latest. It cost 50 pounds.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 3:44 am
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Originally Posted by pfreet View Post
…the 3-hour PCR ExpressTest at T2 departures requires you to come at your scheduled time only. No exceptions.
Similarly, I saw at T5 yesterday it says pre-booked only. Happy to pre-book, but there needs to be flexibility on the time for the service to be useful. Hopefully this will come.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 3:56 am
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Does anyone know if there are any same day PCR day 2 arrival options in Manchester? We get in at 2pm, the only one I found has to be tested by 1145 am. We need to be in work the next day and changing flights etc looks to cost an absolute fortune
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Old Dec 1, 21, 4:13 am
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Originally Posted by CD747 View Post
Thanks! Randox are very cheap and have a click and collect / drop box very near to me, so £34 all in. I used them in July and never had a problem — I got results the next day. Maybe they’ve got worse since then?
I used them in August and I am still waiting for the results. Halifax were very quick to agree the chargeback so the testing for the family return was free . If you do not get results on time you have zero chance of getting any response from their CS.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 4:27 am
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Originally Posted by CD747 View Post
They’re great, as long as you don’t mind the results taking 9 days!

That is the genius of the government’s “isolate until you get your results” rule.
Well then plan B will kick into operation!
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Old Dec 1, 21, 4:45 am
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Originally Posted by remaxmac View Post
Thank you so much for the info and report on Hasu. My husband, son, and I are landing at LHR on Dec. 15 from the US for a Christmas trip to be with our daughter, and I'm planning to use them for their "emergency" day 2 test service. We'll probably UBER or take a cab from LHR with all our luggage, LOL. I'm tempted to book now to guarantee our spot, but I'm forcing myself to wait a little bit for any possible rule changes. I will keep an eye on their calendar in case they start to book up

I'm hearing rumors that the US is going to change their testing requirement to 1-day before arrival. Ugh. I hope not.
I guess it will boil down to whether the regulations stay beyond the “3 week period” or not. If they don’t, I imagine Hasu and other companies who are offering a quick turnaround will be the only ones around but if it extends beyond that especially with Christmas approaching, I can’t see why the bigger companies will not want to cash in on a “3 hour test”. I imagine it’s all down to logistics more than anything.

Saying that, I’m glad I made it into the US for Thanksgiving! It’s an incredible shame with all this uncertainty that’s going on and the news on all of this will not sit well even with the most comfortable of travellers!
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Old Dec 1, 21, 4:48 am
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Originally Posted by CD747 View Post
They’re great, as long as you don’t mind the results taking 9 days!

That is the genius of the government’s “isolate until you get your results” rule.
Cant imagine there is going to be any checking or policing of the self-isloation rule. Surely they arent reintroducing the 'phoning you at home' nonsense from last summer?? ('Sorry, I just popped out for some "essentials"' )...
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Old Dec 1, 21, 4:59 am
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Originally Posted by SEAFlyer23 View Post
So I'm supposed to land at LHR on AA156 around 12:30pm on Friday. I have dinner scheduled with a friend at Alain Ducasse at 6:45. So if I clear customs, Uber to Hasu, and then Tube to my hotel, it seems like this COULD be do-able? Do we think there's any chance any of the LHR options will be available for 3-4 hour tests by Friday? Really don't want to miss this dinner!!
Going by own experience, I had a result turned around plus the email in just over three hours. They stick a little red sticker on your test box at Hasu to indicate that it’s an emergency test. However, if you could reschedule the dinner like earlier posts, I would do the same to save the anxiety but it certainly isn’t impossible.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by Upupintheair View Post
I had just ordered a couple of lateral flow test for day 2 testing which I now cannot use. However could I recycle them to use as a fit to fly lateral flow test? Not sure how that works with registration number and such?

By the way, just did the day 2 PCR test at Hasu diagnostics in Slough. Chose the in clinic option. What it actually is that you get a self test you perform (in my car) and the you drop it off there. They handle all the paperwork. Was all quite quick and should have the results by 23 tonight at the latest. It cost 50 pounds.
when did you get the results? And what time did you drop them off?
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Old Dec 1, 21, 5:06 am
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Originally Posted by CD747 View Post
Thanks! Randox are very cheap and have a click and collect / drop box very near to me, so £34 all in. I used them in July and never had a problem — I got results the next day. Maybe they’ve got worse since then?
we used them several times in September and October and they were fine, results came back the next day
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Old Dec 1, 21, 6:02 am
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So I scheduled a test at Hasu today for 10:30 - thinking I may need time, my 7 am flight was an hour or so early. I got an uber to the testing site 35 pounds, arrived at 7:45 - no one was there (except the tech in the pic). Not meant to be open but they gave me the kit to self-swab and hand in. By the time I left at 8, there were 3-4 other people in line. It's all outdoors. I got my results about 4 hours later. Pretty easy
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Old Dec 1, 21, 6:03 am
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Sharing my experiences with Qured in case it is of any help to others.

We were in the US and returned yesterday morning a couple of hours after the rules change. Originally we had day 2 lateral flows booked from Qured. On seeing the news of the PCR requirement we panic bought additional PCR do at home tests (these were 'fit to fly') also from Qured. The reference numbers worked on the PLF and we duly sent off the samples when we got home yesterday (and of course are in self-isolation). This morning when we realised they were the 'wrong type' of PCR we called Qured who were able to 'convert' to a day 2 test as they'd not yet been received at the lab. This was really linking the barcodes from the samples we'd submitted to a new day 2 test on their site and them updating some information for the lab at their end. This though did lead to another reference number and to be safe we called the PLF helpline who told us to submit a new form even though we were in the UK, so we did.

I have to admit to be being quite impressed with the way Qured handled this, they also refunded the Lateral Flows without question. Fingers crossed now for a negative test soon and no confused systems and follow-up from the change of reference number and a PLF re-submitted after we were in the UK.
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Old Dec 1, 21, 6:20 am
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Originally Posted by Amil View Post
lol I get in on the 15th from US (PHL) as well just waiting to see what happens torn to wait or just book now as well.
I'm also arriving on the 15th from NYC, we're all in this together remaxmac haha

I originally booked the LFT from ExpressTest at T2 landside, but cancelled and now have a voucher. I was gonna rebook a PCR (turn by next day 10PM) but like you, might wait for the next few days to see how things develop. Ideally ExpressTest will begin to offer an acceptable rapid PCR like Hasu that I can use the vouchers for.

Also waiting for official notice from the WH about this new 1-day pre-return to US testing. Hoping that rapid antigen will still be allowed...
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Old Dec 1, 21, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by onetouchpass View Post
I'm also arriving on the 15th from NYC, we're all in this together remaxmac haha

I originally booked the LFT from ExpressTest at T2 landside, but cancelled and now have a voucher. I was gonna rebook a PCR (turn by next day 10PM) but like you, might wait for the next few days to see how things develop. Ideally ExpressTest will begin to offer an acceptable rapid PCR like Hasu that I can use the vouchers for.

Also waiting for official notice from the WH about this new 1-day pre-return to US testing. Hoping that rapid antigen will still be allowed...
Slightly off topic but Bloomberg is reporting that the rapid antigen will still be acceptable for entry to the US.
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