Vaccinated and unvaccinated travel to the UK

Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in the UK

If you arrive in England after 4am, 11 February, the following rules will apply.

 

fully vaccinated uK arrivals

If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England, you:

  • will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England or after you arrive
  • will not need to quarantine when you arrive

You will need to complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England.

Unvaccinated uK arrivals

Unvaccinated UK arrivals must take a PCR Day 2

Mandatory PCR

As required by the UK Government, everyone arriving who does not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England will need to:

If you are not fully vaccinated you must follow these simple steps: 

Step 1
Pre-book your Day 2 PCR test before you arrive. Your booking reference number will be provided within 4 hours of confirmation of purchase. This must be used to complete your Passenger Locator Form.

Step 2
Complete a passenger locator form. 

Step 3
After you arrive, you will need to take your Day 2 PCR test on or before day 2. You will only need to quarantine if it’s positive. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The vaccine must be administered under either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Only if you do not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to England.

You can take your Day 2 test on or before day 2 following your arrival in England.

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test. After you arrive, you will need to take a PCR test on or before day 2, but you will only need to quarantine if it’s positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

No, you will only need to quarantine if you receive a positive result from your Day 2 test.

How It Works

Pre-Book Day 2 Test or book to visit a testing location

Order your Covid-19 Test. You will receive a booking reference number and your respective kit will be sent to the delivery address entered at checkout. Alternatively, book a time to have your sample taking at your nearest testing location.

Activate Your Kit

Before sending your sample kit to the laboratory, the activation procedure must be completed for your test to be valid and for a sample to be tested when received in our laboratory. Activate your kit from home or when you visit one of our Testing Centres.

Take Sample

On or before Day 2 perform a self-swab at home or have your sample taken at your nearest Testing Location.

Receive Your Result Certificate within 48 hour

Your result certificate will be issued to you online within 48 hours of receiving your sample at our lab. Please note results will not be issued until your test kit has been activated online.