The new Covid travel rules have been enforced, the traffic light system has been abolished and a simpler two-layer system has been adopted.
The rule changes have removed many testing requirements and made it easier for fully vaccinated people to move.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What are the new rules?
Starting Monday, October 4th, there are two lists, the Red List and the Other List.
Persons arriving in the United Kingdom from Red List countries must take a pre-departure test 3 days before arrival and then quarantine at a government-designated hotel for 10 days. The cost is over £ 2,200 per traveler traveling alone.
Fully vaccinated people do not need to take the Covid test before traveling to the UK from a country not on the Red List and do not need to be quarantined on arrival.
Those who are not double-jabed should continue to take pre-departure tests and should be self-quarantined.
Upon arrival, you must be quarantined at home for 10 days and take the test before the 2nd day and after the 8th day. Quarantine can be left early if the traveler pays for the 5th day private Covid test through the “Test to Release” scheme.
Fully vaccinated arrivals now need to book and pay for the second day Covid test and add the booking details to the passenger locator form. This form must be completed 48 hours before arrival in the UK.
However, this requirement is also set to be deprecated and requires only horizontal flow testing.
When will the second day of PCR travel testing be discontinued?
The government has announced that it will abolish the mandatory PCR test for vaccinated arrivals and will test for antigens by the end of October.
It is hoped that the exam will be canceled in time for the half-year vacation after Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps told MP on Wednesday that the Department of Health (DHSC) is “aware” of the half-year.
Chaps said: “They (DHSC) are aware of the six months and are working closely with private providers to make this possible as quickly as possible.”
What are the rules for testing before leaving the UK?
An important thing to know about testing before you leave the UK is that testing is not required to board a flight from the UK.
Holidaymakers should only take the test if the destination country requires it. The rules often differ depending on whether you are vaccinated. In many countries, double vaccination does not require testing, so check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for relevant guidance.
And be sure to check if your country needs a PCR test or if a cheaper antigen (lateral flow) test is needed.
PCR and antigen tests often have different timescales, so be careful about how many days before your arrival you need to be tested.
How about testing during the holidays?
Some countries require visitors to present a “Covid passport” to sit outside restaurants, enter indoor attractions, and have long-distance relationships.
This is usually not a problem for people who are completely vaccinated or have evidence of a recent infection. One of these will give the traveler a Covid passport.
However, for unvaccinated travelers, the validity of a Covid passport should be renewed regularly with regular tests in the absence.
For British vacationers, this is taken up as a problem for unvaccinated children under the age of 15.
This is because the French and Austrian Covid passport systems apply to everyone over the age of 12, and the Italian Covid passport system applies to people over the age of 13.
Therefore, unvaccinated teens in these countries should be tested regularly while they are away.