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For flights to destinations requiring a locator form, you cannot check-in for departure unless the form has been completed and it is essential that this is completed before you arrive at the Airport. The testing facility is located in the terminal building on the right. You can use the onsite testing facility for all of your travel needs and it is also available for customers using other airports or seaports for their journeys.
General information about when a test may be required as part of your journey is set out below. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the specific testing regulations of both the UK and your destination country. You should check these regulations carefully as part of planning your journey. Please remember that the testing regulations can change at short notice so ensure you check the latest situation each time you plan a journey and prepare to travel to the airport.
Please check your passport is valid prior to travel. General Information. Passenger Locator Forms. Arrivals Testing. Anyone can enter the UK without any additional testing or quarantine requirements, regardless of vaccination status. What are the restrictions? Red list countries. The UK divides destinations into “red” and “green” destinations. At present, there are no countries on the “red” list.
Previously, certain arrivals from red list countries were required to quarantine in designated hotels, but the infrastructure for hotel quarantine was “fully stood down” at the end of March The UK government said it will “maintain a range of contingency measures in reserve” which could be activated if concerning coronavirus variants emerge.
The UK government had previously said if red list restrictions needed to be reintroduced, home isolation would likely be the preferred option. Green list countries. Any destination not on the red list is considered green — so currently all destinations are green, but some green destinations don’t currently permit nonessential travel from the UK.
Anyone — regardless of vaccination status — from green list countries can enter the UK without any additional testing or quarantine requirements. For full UK government guidance on traveling to the UK, see here. Other developments:.
International and domestic cruising is operational in the UK — see government guidance here and check the specific cruise line for regulations. If you test positive for Covid while in the UK, you are not legally required to self-isolate but England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all recommend self-isolation.
Some airlines flying into England no longer require passengers or crew to wear masks , but it depends on the specific route so you should check before boarding. What’s the Covid situation? The UK has suffered considerably during Covid and cases peaked earlier in this year following the emergence of Omicron.
Cases have since fallen. There have been over Over What can visitors expect? There are no legal Covid restrictions in England. Face coverings are no longer mandatory anywhere. All travellers are now only required to show evidence of two negative PCR tests — one taken prior to departure, and a second on arrival in Israel. Negative results from lab-based antigen tests, such as lateral flow tests, are not accepted. Arrivals who test positive for Covid must quarantine in their hotel until they receive a negative PCR test result or for 24 hours — whichever comes first.
The Israeli authorities decided to ease restrictions following the steady decline in Covid cases in the country. While over , cases were recorded in the first week of that month, this dropped to around 52, cases in fourth. Travellers arriving in the country by public road, railway, water or air only need follow the protocols in place before the pandemic, such as carrying a valid passport. They will not be required to prove vaccination status or show proof of a negative Covid test on arrival.
The requirement to wear a face mask in indoor spaces and on public transport was also dropped on 7 March, though still remains mandatory in hospitals and other medical environments. Rules regulating the use of immunity certificates — proof of recovery from Covid — have been abolished. Restrictions on non-essential travel to European Union member countries will be dropped from 1 March for vaccinated and Covid-recovered travellers, the European Commission has announced.
In a move that will unify entry rules for EU countries, travellers from outside the bloc, including the UK, will be allowed entry for reasons including going on holiday. Vaccinated travellers should have had the last dose of their primary vaccination series at least 14 days and no more than days before arrival, or have received a booster dose. For those vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine, member states could also require a negative PCR test taken at the earliest 72 hours before departure and could apply additional measures such as quarantine or isolation.
A negative PCR test before departure could also be required for persons who have recovered from COVID, as well as for persons who have been vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine but do not hold an EU or equivalent certificate. Non-vaccinated travellers will need to have an essential reason to travel, such as being an EU citizen or a long-term EU resident.
Children over 6 and under 18 who fulfill the conditions set out for adults will be allowed to travel. All other children over 6 and under 18 will be allowed to travel with a negative PCR test taken at the earliest 72 hours before departure. Member states will be able to require additional testing after arrival, as well as quarantine or isolation.
British travellers to France who are fully vaccinated now no longer need to show a negative result from a pre-departure test. The change in policy was announced by Guillaume Bazard, the French consul-general in London, last Friday, and took effect on 12 February.
Those whose second dose of the vaccine was more than days preceding travel will need to have had a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated. Travellers will still need to complete a sworn statement regarding their status. Unvaccinated travellers will not be admitted to France unless they can demonstrate a compelling reason , and the need for them to self-isolate for 10 days remains.
Children aged 12 and over will be deemed to have the same vaccination status as an accompanying adult. If they are travelling alone they will need to be fully vaccinated. Those aged 11 and under do not need to be vaccinated. Spain has changed its entry requirements for UK travellers aged 12 to 17 to allow entry without proof of vaccination.
In a statement released today, the Spanish government announced that the change will take effect from midnight on Monday 14 February. It will mean travellers aged between 12 and 17 from the UK may present a RT-PCR test or similar with a negative result as an alternative to presenting a valid Covid vaccination certificate, as currently required.
The test must be carried out within 72 hours before arrival in Spain. All children under 12, travelling with an adult, will continue to be treated as fully-vaccinated after 14 February. All adult UK travellers must be fully vaccinated to visit Spain for non-essential reasons such as for holidaying. All testing measures for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK were removed at 4am today 11 February.
Travellers arriving in the UK who are not fully vaccinated will, from today, only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK.
This means the requirement to self-isolate and take a day 8 test has been removed. All passengers, vaccinated or otherwise, will still need to complete a Passenger Locator Form. For inward travel, all unders regardless of their individual vaccination status will continue to be considered as fully vaccinated. Ahead of the upcoming half-term break, Brits heading to the slopes for winter sports holidays are being urged to check the entry rules for their destination countries, as well as any restrictions governing access to services and facilities at their resort.
According to Cignpost Express Test, which offers Covid testing services, Italy has some of the toughest rules, with 12 to year-olds able to enter the country with a negative lateral flow test, but barred from ski facilities unless they are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid. The firm says France, Austria and Switzerland also have confusing requirements, with children who are not fully vaccinated asked to prove their Covid status with additional tests during their holiday.
For children, the regulations for entering a country may not be the same as the requirements for full access to the facilities at the resort. France is only an option for fully vaccinated skiers, as non-vaccinated travellers require an essential reason to visit the country.
Everyone aged 12 and over must present a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken within 24 hours before their departure from the UK. Children aged 12 to 15 must have a Pass Sanitaire to use ski lifts and eat in cafes and restaurants, which they can get if they are fully vaccinated, have recently recovered from Covid, or they have taken a negative Covid test within the previous 24 hours. The home of famous resorts including Zermatt, St.
Moritz and Verbier, Switzerland has lifted all testing requirements for fully vaccinated holidaymakers to enter the country, and under 18s have the same vaccination status as the adults they are with. Once in resort, everyone aged 6 and over must wear face masks in queues and on ski lifts, and everyone over 16 must provide proof they are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid to access indoor venues and ski lifts.
Children up to 17 mirror the vaccination status of their parents. Under 12s mirror the vaccine status of their parents. Fully-vaccinated non-Australian and non-resident holidaymakers and business travellers with eligible visas will be able to enter Australia from Monday 21 February. Currently, entry to Australia is only allowed if you are exempt or have been granted an individual exemption.
Exemptions include:. Details of exemptions, including how to apply, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. Australia swiftly implemented strict Covid restrictions at the start of pandemic when it closed its borders to the rest of the world in March According to the Australian government, almost , people have been allowed entry to the country since this date.
From 21 February, travellers with valid visas who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated will still need a travel exemption to cross the Australian border. All those considered to be fully vaccinated are required to show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours before their departure from the UK.
Those who completed their vaccination course more than nine months ago and who have not been boosted will be treated as if they are unvaccinated, which will mean they will need:.
The government has opened a consultation process designed to overhaul the way airlines treat their customers, including the payment of compensation for delays. The suggestion is that passengers should be compensated based on the length of their flight delay and the cost of their travel. Delays under three hours would be eligible for compensation but, in a move that would benefit low-cost airlines in particular, the amounts paid could be less than at present.
The consultation runs until 27 March, with a response published within three months. A date for when the plans should come into force, if approved, has not yet been set. Also under the proposals, all airlines would need to be a member of an aviation Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR scheme.
This would provide an alternative route to settle complaints that cannot be resolved between airlines and passengers, which currently have to go to court.
At present, airlines can join ADR schemes voluntarily. The UK aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, would also have more power to ensure consumers are treated fairly and consumer protection law is followed, including the ability to fine airlines directly for breaches, where appropriate. The plans also propose that wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility are fully compensated for any damage caused to their wheelchair or mobility scooter during a domestic UK flight.
Currently, airlines are not required to cover repair costs, even if the device was damaged while in their care. It can mean a total loss of independence and mobility. Much more needs to be done to safeguard against this, including fair recourse to compensation for disabled passengers. The government has announced that all testing measures for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in the UK will be removed from 4am on 11 February in time for the half-term holidays.
Arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will, from this date, only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK. This means the requirement to self-isolate and take a day 8 test will be removed.
This is intended to make it easier for children and families to travel to countries which require proof of vaccination or prior infection to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services. It aims to provide stability for travellers and the travel industry throughout , ensuring the UK remains one of the best places in the world to do business. Also from 4am on 11 February, the UK will recognise vaccine certificates from 16 further countries and territories at the border, including China and Mexico.
This will bring the total list to over countries worldwide. You can access the full list of eligible countries and territories here. Press reports suggest the UK government could next week drop the requirement for fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in England to take a Covid test on or before Day 2 of their return.
They would still need to complete a passenger locator form. At present, the requirement is to take either a lateral flow or PCR test after arrival, and to take a confirmatory PCR test if the result is positive. Fully vaccinated is likely to mean those who have had two shots.
The definition could be extended to include those who have had a booster jab later in the spring. It is thought the rules for vaccinated travellers will remain as they are, meaning they will be required to take a negative Covid test prior to setting off for England, and to self-isolate and take further tests on Day 2 and Day 8 of their return. Yesterday the government announced that England would move from Plan B to Plan A from Thursday next week, meaning an end to mask mandates and Covid passes for certain venues.
Switzerland will allow fully-vaccinated travellers from the UK to enter the country without proof of a negative PCR or antigen test from Saturday 22 January.
Travellers who can show recent recovery from the virus will also be able to enter without proof of a negative pre-travel test. An entry ban will still exist for UK travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not recovered from the virus, unless they meet the requirements for exemption. Travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not recovered from Covid but who can enter Switzerland must continue to take a pre-travel PCR or antigen test and obtain a negative result. However, they will no longer need to take a Covid test four to seven days after arrival.
Travel to France is now permissible to fully-vaccinated British travellers, opening the prospect of skiing trips and visits to Disneyland Paris in the coming weeks and during February half-term. Around 17 million UK citizens visit France in a normal year. Travel firms have reported a surge in bookings since the announcement of the change in restrictions was announced earlier this week.
All passengers travelling to France may be asked to take a Covid test on arrival. Those testing positive will be required to self-isolate for 10 days. Anyone aged 12 and over entering France must present a negative PCR or antigen test that is less than 24 hours old, including those who are fully vaccinated. For unvaccinated children under 12, the vaccine status of their parents or accompanying guardian applies.
French officials have taken to twitter this morning to announce changes to the rules for those wishing to travel to France. Alexandre Holroyd, the French Assembly member for Northern Europe, said the entry rules will be relaxed from Friday 14 January for people who are fully vaccinated. The requirement for there to be a compelling reason for travel to France from the UK will be removed, and there will be no need to self-isolate on arrival in France. However, travellers will need to take a Covid test and produce a negative result within 24 hours of starting their journey to France.
More on travel to France can be found here. France looks set to relax its border restrictions, which currently ban travel between the country and the UK unless for compelling reasons. UK tourists have missed out on ski holidays in the French mountains over Christmas as the ban came into force on 17 December, in response to the wave of Omicron cases in the UK. However, it looks as if trips to the French slopes may still be possible this winter, including the half-term break in February, which is traditionally popular with families.
Tenerife has the same entry rules as mainland Spain. Currently, only fully-vaccinated travellers are permitted entry. Note that you may be subject to additional checks on arrival, from a temperature check to a visual health assessment. You may also be required to take a Covid test up to 48 hours after arrival.
France has relaxed its border restrictions to allow travel to and from the UK for work purposes that require an on-site presence and which cannot be postponed. This is the second move made by the French government to make travel between the UK and France easier, after it imposed an entry ban on most UK travellers, including those travelling for work and leisure, on 17 December On 30 December, France announced that British citizens living elsewhere in the EU may travel through France to return to their homes from the UK, though only as a temporary measure see story below.
All other travel restrictions instated on 17 December still apply. More information can be found on the French Interior Ministry website , which has an English language option.
Previously, a negative test was required, with those testing positive not being allowed to travel. The change has triggered a surge in international travel bookings by holidaymakers who no longer have to worry about the prospect of testing positive and thus being marooned abroad and forced into quarantine at their own expense.
First announced on Tuesday for travellers to England, the change has now been adopted by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In addition, inbound travellers to the UK will no longer need to self-isolate on their return. They will still be required to take a Covid test on or before day 2 of their arrival in the UK, but from Sunday morning, it will be permissible to take a lateral flow test rather than a more expensive PCR test, again reducing expenditure.
The lateral flow tests must be booked with a private supplier — free NHS tests will not be accepted to reduce strain on domestic supplies. The rules for non-vaccinated travellers have not changed, meaning they will be required to take the pre-departure test while still abroad, and on their return enter self-isolation for 10 days, with PCR tests on days 2 and 8. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to complete a Passenger Locator Form ahead of setting off to the UK.
The UK government announced, on 5 January, a series of changes to the requirements for travellers arriving in England. These changes have since been adopted by the devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
From 4am on Friday 7 January , fully vaccinated passengers and unders will no longer need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK or self-isolate on arrival but must continue to take their post-arrival tests. Additionally, from 4am Sunday 9 January , fully vaccinated passengers and over-5s arriving in the UK will now only need to take a lateral flow test, not a PCR test.
The lateral flow test must be booked before before travel and taken on or before day 2 of arrival in England. Lateral flow tests for international travel must be purchased from a private provider. It will not be permissible to use a lateral flow test until after 4am, Sunday 9 January.
Mr Shapps did not mention any change to the rules that apply to those who are not fully vaccinated, so they will still be required to take a pre departure test and not travel if it is positive , enter quarantine for 10 days on their return and take PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8.
This resulted in an entry ban on UK travellers due to fears about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. They can travel to Germany for any purpose, without the need to quarantine on arrival. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are subject to a day quarantine. However, they have the option for test and release on day five of their arrival to potentially end quarantine early. All travellers should complete a pre-departure digital registration form. Fully-vaccinated travellers are required to upload proof of their vaccination status to this system.
Anyone over the age of six, fully vaccinated or unvaccinated should provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departing the UK, whether travelling to Germany via plane, train, bus or ferry. However, they will need to quarantine for five days on arrival unless they are visiting a parent or full sibling in Germany and have spent less than 72 hours in a high risk area such as the UK or will spend less than 72 hours in Germany.
The French Interior Ministry has confirmed that British citizens living in the EU are allowed to travel through France to return to their homes from the UK, after much confusion over the Christmas period. British nationals with residency in EU countries beyond France , including those who took a festive break in the UK, were left unsure whether they could return home after France tightened its entry restrictions in December This is subject to their journey to the UK having been completed before 28 December While the Ministry says this new measure will be temporary, it has not yet stated when it will come to an end.
From The change follows the imposition of a similar set of restrictions on UK travellers by France on Saturday see below. All those travelling to Germany, regardless of vaccination status, will need to show proof of a negative PCR test and all will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. The duration of the day quarantine may not be shortened. The current list of designated areas will remain in force until 3 January but may be extended, and the list can change at any time with minimal notice.
The French government is tightening the restrictions and requirements for people travelling to France from the UK from Saturday morning at The action is being taken because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK. The French government is reintroducing the need for travellers to have an extenuating reason to travel between the UK and France. The authorities have listed acceptable reasons for travel here.
Travelling for leisure or work purposes will be banned. French citizens, their partners and children and UK citizens with French residency will be permitted to travel, as will EU citizens travelling to their home country through France. Anyone from the UK who is travelling to another country via transiting in France will only be allowed to stay within the international area of an airport for a maximum of 24 hours. Those who are able to travel to France from the UK will need to show evidence of a negative test PCR or lateral flow at their point of departure, taken within the past 24 hours.
This already applies to non-vaccinated travellers. Additionally, all UK travellers must register where they will be staying online. They will have to quarantine for 48 hours at a place of their choice. They can end quarantine after 48 hours with a negative test PCR or lateral flow.
UK transport secretary Grant Shapps has tweeted that hauliers will be exempt from the requirements. The rules change has been greeted with dismay by the travel industry. The winter sports and school travel markets are particularly exposed, and the government must now bring forward a support package if we are not to see company failures and job losses.
Any government review of business support to address the impacts of Omicron must include as a priority travel agents and tour operators. The government removed all 11 countries from its travel Red List from 4am today, Wednesday 15 December. Anyone arriving in England from these countries will no longer be required to book and stay in a government-managed quarantine facility at their own expense. The UK government has concluded that, now there is community transmission of the Omicron variant in the UK and Omicron has spread so widely across the world, the travel Red List is now less effective in slowing the incursion of Omicron from abroad.
The government is to retain its temporary testing measures for international travel, meaning all travellers must present a negative test before travelling to the UK, complete a Passenger Locator Form and take a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive. Non-vaccinated travellers must additionally take a PCR test on or before day 8 and self isolate for 10 days at home or another address,.
On the question about what happens to those already in a government quarantine facility, the government has said anyone who has tested positive will need to continue to stay in managed quarantine. Children in England aged 12 to 15 are now able to demonstrate their coronavirus vaccination status for international travel purposes using the NHS Covid Pass.
The Pass will allow those children who have had both doses of an approved vaccine to travel to countries, including Spain and Canada, which require year olds to be fully vaccinated to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services. Proof of vaccination will initially be provided via a letter that will include an internationally-recognised barcode. A digital service via NHS. The letter service can be accessed by calling or via NHS. The government decided in November to accept advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to extend the vaccination programme to those aged 12 and above.
Mr Javid also provided details of the expanded and accelerated booster roll-out in England first announced by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Sunday evening. He said there are 4, confirmed cases of Omicron in the UK, with the UK Health Security Agency estimating that the current number of daily infections are around , The booster programme in England will see every adult who has had a second dose of the vaccine at least three months ago offered the chance to get their booster before the end of December, either at a walk-in centre or via a booking on the NHS website.
Anyone over 18 can walk in to a vaccination centre and from Wednesday, they can book online via the NHS website.
Mr Javid said the UK government will provide whatever support is needed to accelerate vaccinations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Welsh government has pledged to offer the booster to all citizens in Wales by the year end.
This would mean that, in addition to working from home where possible and wearing face-masks in shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, cinemas and theatres, it would be mandatory to show a negative lateral flow test to get into nightclubs and large events, with an exemption for the double vaccinated.
This change would come into effect on Wednesday if the government succeeds in winning the vote. It is expected to do so despite a rebellion among as many as 70 of its own MPs because opposition parties have vowed to back the new laws.
There have also been suggestions that the government will in the coming days relax rules affecting those travelling into the UK so that, for example, they would not be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days on return from a Red list country. Speculation also surrounds the future of the Red list itself given that omicron is prevalent around the world.
The boss of London Heathrow airport is calling on the government to remove international travel requirements and restrictions to encourage people to fly. This shows the potential harm to the economy of travel restrictions. Travellers must present proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test taken in the 48 hours before departure before being allowed to board their flight to the UK.
This applies to all aged 12 or above, regardless of vaccination status. This is despite the boost provided by the reopening of routes to the US on 8 November. At a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the way the Red list operates would be reviewed in the coming days, but he did not say when see story below.
At present there are 11 countries in southern Africa on the list, with Nigeria the latest to be added on Monday. This is likely to be several years away.
At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK government may review its Red list procedures because of concerns about the costs borne by fully-vaccinated travellers coming to the UK of obligatory quarantine in government-approved hotels at their own expense.
Quarantine hotels are too expensive, especially as recent changes to the Red list were implemented at short notice, not giving travellers a chance to get home. The cost of a mandatory stay at a government-sanctioned facility for the required period is:.
That is the objective of the Red list measures. Also at the press conference, Mr Johnson announced that, from Monday 13 December, people in England will be encouraged to work from home if at all possible.
He also said masks will be required in England in indoor public venues such as theatres and cinemas from Friday 10 December, while nightclubs and other venues with large numbers of attendees in England will only be open to those able to show proof of vaccination via their NHS Covid pass, or evidence of a negative test result, as of Wednesday next week. All travellers entering the UK aged 12 and above are now required to show a negative PCR or lateral flow test before setting off on their journey.
Airlines, ferry operators and train companies have been told not to allow anyone to travel without a test or with a positive result. Our strategy is to buy ourselves time and strengthen our defences while our scientists assess this new variant and what it means for our fight against COVID In addition to the tougher pre-departure testing rules in place from This new rule, brought in because of concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant, applies to all travellers aged 12 and above, regardless of their vaccination status.
Passengers will not be allowed to board a flight without providing evidence of a negative test result. Airlines will be required to check for pre-departure tests alongside a completed passenger locator form. Scientists have told the government that Omicron has a reduced incubation period, meaning anyone who is infected will become infectious sooner.
Passengers are advised to take the pre-departure test as close as possible to their scheduled departure to the UK and no earlier than 48 hours before travelling. Nigeria has been added to the Red list, meaning that, from Monday 6 December at 4am, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from Nigeria must isolate in a government-approved facility for 10 days. Non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who have been in Nigeria in the last 10 days will be refused entry into the UK.
This does not apply to those who have stayed airside and only transited through Nigeria while changing flights. Last weekend, 10 countries in southern Africa were added to the Red list see below and it was announced that all vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK must take a day two PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
The Swiss authorities have announced that, from 4 December, there are no countries on its list of countries with a variant of concern.
This means the quarantine requirement for people arriving in Switzerland from countries on the list no longer applies. All those travelling to Switzerland must complete an entry form. Those wishing to enter Switzerland will need to produce a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of travel before they depart — travel will not be permitted otherwise. A negative test result will also be required on entry to the country, with a further PCR test or rapid antigen test to be taken between the 4th and 7th day after entry.
The test result, either positive or negative, and the number of the entry form or a copy of the contact card must be notified to the relevant canton. These testing rules apply to all travellers, whatever their vaccination status, and regardless of whether they have recovered from coronavirus. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.
If your test is positive, you will not be allowed to travel to the US. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not present a negative test result for COVID or documentation of recovery. The French authorities have announced that, from Saturday 4 of December, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK 12 years or older , and whatever their nationality, will have to provide the result of a negative PCR or antigen test in paper or digital format carried out less than 48h hours prior to departure.
Self-administered tests, including NHS tests, are not considered valid for travel, so a private contractor must be used. Prior to departure, fully vaccinated travellers entering France from the UK will need to present to their transport company:. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure the certificate can be scanned successfully.
NHS appointment cards from vaccination centres are not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate vaccine status in this circumstance. You can also present a digital or paper NHS certificate showing your full vaccine status. Travellers who are not vaccinated , must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter France such as being a French resident.
Those with second homes in France will not be admitted. Travellers from Northern Ireland whatever their nationality entering France via the Republic of Ireland must abide by the rules applicable to the UK.
Norway has introduced stricter test requirements at its border in a bid to delay and limit the spread of the new Omicron virus variant. From today, 3 December, any person who arrives in Norway must take a test, regardless of their vaccination status. We need to implement stricter measures to delay the spread of the Omicron variant.
We are doing this to keep control, obtain more knowledge about the new virus variant, and to prevent the health service from becoming overwhelmed. Where there is a test centre at the border crossing point, the test must be taken there or at a place indicated by the authorities for testing.
If there is no test centre at the border crossing point when the traveller crosses the border, the test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival. When this is the case, the traveller will be free to choose between taking a rapid antigen test at a public test centre or a rapid antigen test as a self-test.
If the rapid antigen test returns a positive result, regardless of whether it was taken at a test centre or as a self-test, the person will have a statutory duty to take a PCR test as soon as possible, and no later than within 24 hours.
The requirement also applies to people who are fully vaccinated and people who have recovered from COVID Arriving travellers over the age of 12 must wear a face covering in public areas where it is not possible to avoid close contact until they have received a negative test result. The prior special exemption from the requirement to take a test upon arrival in Norway for cross-border commuters, aeronautical personnel and hauliers, among others, will be kept.
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Fully vaccinated people travelling to the UK no longer have to take any Covid tests – either before departure or on arrival. The prime minister has announced that he intends to remove England’s remaining Covid restrictions at the end of the month. Fully vaccinated travellers two doses and unders no longer need to take a test either before or after they arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
To qualify as vaccinated, non-UK travellers must have received their jabs in a country or territory with “approved proof of vaccination”. This now covers most countries in the world, with more – including China – due to join on 11 February. Unvaccinated travellers still have to show proof of a negative Covid test taken two days before departure. They must also take a post-arrival PCR test two days after arrival.
This must be booked before travelling to the UK and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers. If this is positive, they need to self-isolate. However, unvaccinated travellers no longer have to self-isolate on arrival, or take a test on day eight.
All unvaccinated travellers to the UK must complete a passenger locator form before departure. Digital Covid passes showing your vaccination status can be downloaded to your phone, whether you’re in England , Scotland , Wales or Northern Ireland.
Test results can be in the form of a printed document, or an email or text on your phone. They must be in English, French or Spanish. Since 3 February, 12 to year-olds in England have also been able to prove their vaccination status via the digital NHS pass. You are responsible for checking the entry requirements for any other countries you wish to visit, as well as the local Covid restrictions which are in force.
These can change quickly. Many UK families have cancelled half-term trips to mainland Spain and the Canary Islands because children over 12 must be double vaccinated to enter. Very few countries allow unrestricted access to those who have not been vaccinated. It is thought more than 80 holiday destinations around the world still require all UK travellers to take a pre-departure PCR test before arrival.
UK-issued Covid passes can be used throughout the EU to show proof of vaccination – either digitally, or as a printed download as long as it is dated after than 1 November UK government travel advice.
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