UK Covid travel 2021 December

The UK Government has today confirmed that from 4am on Tuesday 30th November 2021, all arrivals to the UK, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to take a Day Two PCR test, and they must isolate until results are received.

In a blow to the travel industry, as part of curbs to slow the spread of Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19, the Government has introduced PCR test requirements as well as re-introducing the travel red-list for a number of countries in South Africa where the variant was first detected.

A number of other countries including Switzerland and Israel have banned arrivals from the UK and Spain has made it a travel requirement that all tourists must have been fully-vaccinated by the time of their arrival, which means both jabs.

The full breakdown of changes are as follows:

  • All international arrivals must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport from next week. All hospitality settings will be exempt.

The uk travel red list at present includes:

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Zimbabwe
  • Namibia

From 4am on the 28th November, the following countries will join the red-list:

  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
  • Angola

If you are arriving from the above countries then you will be required before travel to:

Children aged 11 to 17 must take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before travel to England.

On arrival in England children aged 5 to 17 must quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 full days and take 2 COVID-19 tests.

Children aged 4 or under do not have to take any travel tests but must enter managed quarantine.


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