24 Nov 2020

England to introduce COVID-19 testing for international arrivals

From 15 December 2020, travellers arriving in England can have a COVID-19 test after five days of self-isolation, potentially reducing quarantine time England to introduce COVID-19 testing for international arrivals
  • This updates the news item of 6 November 2020

On 24 November 2020, the UK Government announced that England is introducing a testing strategy for international arrivals. From 15 December 2020, passengers arriving in England from countries not featured on the UK Government’s travel corridor list can take a COVID-19 test (from a private provider) after five days of self-isolation. A negative result releases them from the need to isolate.

Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving in England by plane, ferry or train should book their test before travel. They must complete a passenger locator form and will still need to self-isolate for five days before taking a test (rather than taking it at their port of arrival). Travellers arriving from non-exempt countries who decide not to have a test must continue to follow current self-isolation requirements.

Further details are available here: Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals.


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