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Travelling from the UK: What you need to know

Posted on March 21, 2022 by Ria Wong
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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we travel. Before you travel abroad, let’s take a look at what you need to know before booking your next trip away.

1. Sign up to FCDO travel advice

The FCDO provides all of the latest important travel information to keep you safe when you go abroad. This includes COVID-19 guidance, travel warnings, entry requirements, as well as any safety and security issues.

Once you have a trip booked subscribe to their email alerts for your destination (along with any countries you will pass through) and they’ll update you should advice change.

2. Entry requirements at your destination

As well as paying attention to FCDO travel advice on whether it’s safe to travel, you’ll need to take a look at your destination’s guidance. They may have entry restrictions in place, such as having to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival, which could scupper holiday plans if you’re only intending to stay for a week or two.

If you do need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel, you can get 10% off home test kits when you buy a new travel insurance policy with us.*

Your destination country may also only be allowing entry to travellers arriving for ‘essential reasons’, not tourism. So double-check you will be OK to fly before heading off.

Don’t forget that some destinations – such as China, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey and now the EU – require six-month validity on your passport. So check your passport expiry date before booking your holiday.

Close up of a female passenger holding her passport, boarding card and face mask in an airport.

3. Returning to the UK

As of 4am, 18 March 2022, travellers returning to the UK are no longer required to take any COVID-19 tests, self-isolate at home or in a quarantine hotel, or complete a passenger locator form (PLF).

This applies to all travellers entering the UK regardless of their vaccine status, or where they’ve been on holiday.

To learn more about travelling back into the UK, check the FCDO’s advice.

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Information is correct at the time of publishing.

*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.

Ria Wong

by Ria Wong

Ria Wong is Staysure’s Content Manager. She’s keen on long weekends away to places with good food, and enjoys a spot of DIY!