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New Covid travel rules for the UK

Posted on March 18, 2022 by Kelly Johnstone
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All rules for travel have been removed for those returning to the UK from a trip abroad, making it easier for you to plan your next getaway!

These changes came into effect from 4am, 18 March 2022 and apply to all travellers arriving in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What’s changing to travel?

Travel rules have been removed for all travellers arriving in the UK, regardless of vaccination status, or the country you’ve been visiting. 

There is now no need for holidaymakers to take any COVID-19 tests, self-isolate at home or in a quarantine hotel, or complete a passenger locator form (PLF) when returning to the UK.

This means holidaymakers are now able to enter the UK without any restrictions for the first time since the start of the pandemic. 

What about travel rules for under 18s?

The latest change to international travel rules also apply to under 18s. 

They will no longer be asked to take any COVID-19 tests on their return to the UK, nor self-isolate or quarantine regardless of which countries they have visited.

What about entry requirements into other countries?

While there’s no need for COVID testing or passenger locator forms on your return journey to the UK, you may find that they’re part of the entry requirements at your holiday destination. 

Many countries still request proof of either a negative PCR or lateral flow test, especially if you’re travelling unvaccinated. Alongside proof of vaccination, other entry requirements may include additional documents such as health declaration and passenger locator forms.

 You can check entry requirements on the Foreign Office (FCDO) website.

Where can I get a Covid test for travel?

You’ll need to pre-book any PCR or lateral flow tests before you travel. You won’t be able to use NHS tests for travel and will need to pay for your tests privately.

The cost of buying COVID tests for travel can vary. If you need to buy a PCR test from a private clinic, this can cost up to £80 per test. PCR home tests cost around £40, while lateral flow and rapid antigen tests tend to be around £20 each. 

But, not all countries accept home COVID tests, so check the entry requirements on the Foreign Office (FCDO) website prior to travel.

If you need to book a COVID test for your next trip you’ll get 10% off* tests with Randox Health with any new Staysure policy.

*Please note, offers can be changed and/or retracted at Randox’s discretion. Discount applies to home delivered COVID-19 tests only. This offer excludes tests bought for click and collect.

Kelly Johnstone

by Kelly Johnstone

Kelly Johnstone is Staysure’s Head of Content. She’s known for a love of tea and shares data-driven and breaking travel news.