FAQs – Covid Travel Rules
From 4 am on 11 February all testing requirements will be removed for eligible fully vaccinated arrivals, with only a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) now required.
Arrivals who are not recognised as fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK.
Children aged 12-15 in England will be able to prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS COVID Pass from 3 February for outbound travel.
Travel changes come in ahead of February half term, and follow the success of the booster programme.
As of January 7th, you will be required to take a lateral flow test on arrival into the UK. Should this test produce a positive result then you will need to take a PCR test and self-isolate until you receive a result. Please note that you no longer need to take any kind of COVID test before embarking your flight to the UK but you will still need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
For full details of the UK’s new entry requirements please check the Government website.
Some countries have their own restrictions, please give us a call so we can talk you through the specific requirements of the country to which you wish to travel.
What about individual destination entry requirements?
The measures above are only those introduced by the UK government. Each country has their own border controls and additional measures that you need to comply with to enter. Please take a look at the government pre-travel checklist before you start planning your next trip.
How do I prove my Covid vaccine status?
You can demonstrate your COVID vaccination status via the NHS app. We suggest you download the NHS app in readiness for your next trip and check that your status is up to date. The NHS app will be accepted as proof of status by most countries around the world and is due to be integrated into the EU’s Covid Passport scheme.
What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean?
This means you should have had two government recognised jabs, administered in the UK, no less than 14 days prior to your commencement of travel.
What if I have had a vaccine that is not recognised by the EU (or the country I am visiting)?
The EU recognises all of the jabs given in the UK however different names are sometimes used:
- Pfizer-BioNTech is known as Comirnaty
- Oxford-AstraZeneca (AZ) is known as Vaxzevria
- Moderna is known as Spikevax
- Janssen (sometimes referred to as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is the same as in the UK
You may have heard that the EU does not recognise a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine called Covishield, produced by the Serum Institute of India, because it is yet to receive approval in Europe. Up to 5M doses of this vaccine have been administered in the UK and are identifiable by the batch numbers included on the NHS app (4120Z001, 4120Z002, 4120Z003). We can check this for you and in most cases, you can still enter the country you plan to visit but will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test result.
Returning to the UK
To get back into the UK you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, 48 hours before your arrival.
On your return to the UK, on or before day two after your arrival, you will need to have taken a private lateral flow or PCR test. Details of this test will need to be provided on the Passenger Locator Form, so it is important that you get this test booked before you depart the UK.
What about children?
Children aged 4 and under are exempt from any travel testing. Children aged 5-18 will need to do a day 2 test on return to the UK.
What happens if the country I am due to travel to changes to red?
If your departure date is imminent then you can choose to cancel and receive a full refund or postpone to a later date. As above, you can still choose to travel should you wish to. If your departure date is more than a few months away, we will call you to discuss what is best to do.