Omicron Travel Measures

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Anyone travelling to the UK will need to show a negative pre-departure Lateral Flow or PCR test, taken up to 48 hours before travelling.

Contacts of a suspected Omicron case are already required to self-isolate for 10 days, including the fully vaccinated.

The test can be taken either in the country where you start your journey, or in another country en route to the UK, if you’re travelling that way; private test providers must be used – so free NHS lateral flow kits are not allowed.

After arriving in the UK, you have two days to take a PCR test.

The PCR test must be booked before you travel, and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers.

While you are waiting for a result, you must self-isolate – whether or not you have been vaccinated. You can stop self-isolating if your test is negative.