Pre Departure tests no longer required for arrivals into the UK from Friday 7th January*

Yesterday the removal of the testing and isolation measures put in place to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant has been removed.  Data shows Omicron is the dominant variant in the UK and is spreading widely in communities.

As a result, from 04:00 on Friday 7th January, eligible passengers and under 18s will no longer be required to take a pre-departure test before entering the UK or to self-isolate on arrival. In addition, from 0400 on Sunday 9 January, measures will revert to post-arrival lateral flow tests instead of PCRs. Those who test positive will still have to take a further free confirmatory PCR test to help monitor variants. These measures will apply across the UK.

Proof of vaccination from the following additional countries and territories will be accepted for entry into England from 4am on Monday 10 January: Bhutan, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, north of Cyprus, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, The Gambia and Uzbekistan.

The World Health Organisation has recently granted WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) authorisation to the two versions of the ‘Novavax’ vaccine named Covovax and Nuvaxovid. Therefore, eligible travellers who have received either version of this vaccine will be recognised for international travel into England from 4am on Monday 10th January.

For more information please speak with your Business Travel Consultant.


*Please note – Restrictions for travel can change at short notice – please continue to check for the latest government guidance

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