British government removes travel restrictions
Those who are fully vaccinated and under the age of 18 will no longer have to perform a pre-departure test or isolate themselves upon arrival
Starting at 4 a.m. From Sunday January 9th, eligible travelers fully vaccinated and those over 5 years of age will be able to perform a lateral flow test instead of a PCR on or before day 2 of their arrival in England. Lateral flow tests for travel can be booked starting Friday, January 7, and performed on arrival, at the end of day 2.
Eligible fully vaccinated passengers and those under the age of 18 will no longer need to perform a pre-departure test or self-isolate upon arrival in England from 4am onwards. M. From Friday, January 7, but they must continue to do the post-arrival tests.
As the data shows that Omicron is the dominant variant in the UK and is spreading widely in the community, it is now proportionate to cautiously reduce testing measures at the borders.
Anyone who receives a positive result on their lateral flow test should immediately self-isolate and request a PCR test from the NHS at gov.uk. Positive PCR tests for arrivals will be sequenced to understand if and where variants are emerging worldwide in order to protect the UK public.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: As we learn more about the Omicron variant, it is right that we keep our tests and border measures under review to ensure they continue to be proportionate. "
"The measures we are taking will make it easier for people to travel and at the same time protect the UK public from the virus."
"Omicron remains a serious threat and it is important that travelers continue to be tested. The most important thing anyone can do if they have not already done so is request their vaccination."
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: "I have always said that we will not maintain restrictions on international travel for longer than is necessary to protect public health."
"That is why we are removing the temporary additional testing measures we introduced for Omicron in November, making travel easier and cheaper for fully vaccinated passengers and providing a huge boost to the travel industry as we enter the period. New Year's booking spike. "
"We want to provide more certainty to passengers and businesses, and we will do a full review of our international travel measures for 2022 by the end of the month."
Dr Susan Hopkins, UK Health Security Agency, said: "It is vital that anyone who receives a positive result on the lateral flow test on Day 2 immediately isolates themselves and requests a PCR from the UK government. All high virus travel PCRs are sequenced to help us understand if new variants are emerging around the world and entering the UK. "
"Everyone should continue to wear face covers when necessary, wash their hands regularly and work from home to help stop the spread of the virus and keep our loved ones and the community safe."
Lateral flow tests for international travel must be purchased from a private provider, as the NHS Test and Trace lateral flow tests cannot be used for international travel. Passengers who have already purchased a PCR for travel do not need to purchase another test as PCRs can still be used.
Unvaccinated passengers must continue to have a pre-departure test, a PCR test on or before day 2 and or after day 8 and self-isolate for 10 days. 'Try to release' remains an option for unvaccinated people to shorten their period of self-isolation.
Evidence of vaccination from more than 15 countries and territories will be accepted for entry into England from 4 a.m. Monday January 10th: Bhutan, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Fiji, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Northern Cyprus, Palau. , Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, Gambia and Uzbekistan.
The World Health Organization has recently granted authorization from the WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) to the two versions of the 'Novavax' vaccine called Covovax and Nuvaxovid. Therefore, eligible travelers who have received either version of this vaccine will be recognized for international travel to England beginning at 4am on Monday, January 10th.
No country has been added to the UK travel red list, which remains on hold. A further review of all travel measures will take place later in the month, and our long-term goal remains to return to safe and unrestricted travel as soon as it is safe to do so.