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

Old Jun 4, 20, 6:57 am
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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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UK arrivals - pre-departure, quarantine and post-arrival [currently no requirements]

Old Mar 7, 22, 2:28 pm
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Originally Posted by flashware View Post
Apologies if it has been posted and I missed it but now confirmed on 3 days to submit UK PLF.

Change made:
From 9am Monday 28 February, passengers can fill in the UK passenger locator form up to 3 days before arrival in the UK.
Time updated:
9:00am, 28 February 2022

Oddly the alert only just came through from GOV.UK.
If projections upthread are correct, then I will be among the last to go through this process with arrival at LHR from USA on 3/31/22.
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Old Mar 8, 22, 4:46 pm
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Traveling to the UK from USA on 3/28 with Mrs T. We both have both US and UK passports.
Can I confirm that the PLF is still required? I understand we need to do nothing now in the way of testing either to board US-UK, or on arrival+2, which is great.

Last edited by NWIFlyer; Mar 11, 22 at 5:59 am Reason: Remove off-topic question on non-UK testing requirements which derailed thread.
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Old Mar 10, 22, 2:24 pm
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Here is this week's update from the ECDC for confirmed infection rates per 100,000 population over 14 days.



A bit of a mixed bag really. Some high rates have come down a lot, notably Denmark. But a number of other countries, including the UK are showing increases after several weeks of declines. The overall rate for both Europe and EU+EEA are still quite a lot down on the previous week, so the declines are still bigger than the increases. But clearly Omicron hasn't gone away yet.
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Old Mar 13, 22, 4:23 pm
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Originally Posted by tanglin View Post
Traveling to the UK from USA on 3/28 with Mrs T. We both have both US and UK passports.
Can I confirm that the PLF is still required? I understand we need to do nothing now in the way of testing either to board US-UK, or on arrival+2, which is great.
PLF needed: Yes (as of now)

Assuming that you are both fully vaccinated, you do not need to perform any tests, pre- or post- arrival.
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Old Mar 14, 22, 11:48 am
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PLFs gone from 18 March, he says UK so I assume some agreement across the UK to jointly implement this rather than just for England.

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Old Mar 14, 22, 2:15 pm
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Good news on PLF!
We'll still have to be masked though for the LAX-ATL-LHR trip I would have liked the freedom to remove it once ensconced in my D1 cocoon!
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Old Mar 14, 22, 7:27 pm
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Originally Posted by tanglin View Post
Good news on PLF!
We'll still have to be masked though for the LAX-ATL-LHR trip I would have liked the freedom to remove it once ensconced in my D1 cocoon!
You wont need it when you are at Heathrow from Wednesday.

It is not just the PLF that is toast, All inbound testing is removed, even for the unjabbed.
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Old Mar 17, 22, 6:48 pm
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Would I be correct in assuming that given the testing and/or vaccine requirements and the PLF are no longer required that using VeriFLY for a USA to UK trip is required?

edit. I saw in a thread on th AA forum that no, it is not.

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Old Mar 18, 22, 1:57 pm
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Just to reiterate that from today there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions at all for entry in the UK.
- No PLF required
- No tests required before or after travel
- No vaccination requirements
Airlines obviously wouldn't want people with COVID-19 to be flying, and most have policies to help travellers in this area, but there is no legal oversight or requirements hanging over this.
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Old Mar 18, 22, 2:36 pm
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And with apologies for the delay, due to the ECDC having technical issues yesteday, here is the weekly ECDC update for 14 days cumulative infections, per 100,000 population.



Now this week shows how much of Europe is seeing an increase in cases thanks to BA.2. This variant rarely gives a second infection to those who had BA.1 but it does appear to be very contagious for pretty much everyone else. However within this, and certainly on the UK figures, there are signs that this surge within Omicron will last perhaps another 2 weeks or so in populations with high immunity levels. My suspicion is that the USA hasn't really had this exposure yet, and it's likely that North America will have at least a modest new surge given the background. As an aside, Hong Kong is about 2,500 at the moment.
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Old Mar 25, 22, 12:34 pm
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c-w-s, I look forward to your weekly update if you're able to do it this week. thanks!
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Old Mar 25, 22, 12:38 pm
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What's really good is how quiet this thread has become since the scrapping of the PLF and all those sodding quarantines! I'm almost inclined to put forward a motion to the mods to close the thread in the hope that this is just a memory now
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Old Mar 25, 22, 4:22 pm
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Originally Posted by JNelson113 View Post
c-w-s, I look forward to your weekly update if you're able to do it this week. thanks!
Again the delay was at the ECDC end, for some reason they've been appearing more on Fridays than Thursdays. But I have the data now and see the next post.....
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Old Mar 25, 22, 4:27 pm
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The above is the regular ECDC update for 14 days confirmed infections per 100,000 population.

Now on first glance there doesn't seem much to be positive about, given that we are now seeing the BA.2 surge running through a lot of European states. But the place that saw if first, Denmark, is now clearing down, and under the bonnet we are seeing something similar in the UK too, though it will take a few more days before we see a decline in numbers. We aren't seeing many other variants taking off, BA.1 and BA.2 seem to be fairly all embracing. BA.2 affects older people whereas BA.1 is very much a younger person's variant. But death rates generally seem to be fairly static and I would expect them to start declining in a few weeks.
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Old Mar 29, 22, 9:50 am
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Originally Posted by DaveS View Post
You wont need it when you are at Heathrow from Wednesday.

It is not just the PLF that is toast, All inbound testing is removed, even for the unjabbed.
So great to see more of the nonsense come to an end! Long overdue.
Have a London BA trip planned for next month.
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