- new simplified travel system with a single pink record and the remainder of the world comes into power from 4 October at 4am
- totally vaccinated travellers from over 50 international locations and territories have easier, cheaper guidelines, with only a single put up arrival take a look at wanted
- adjustments come as UK authorities welcomes totally vaccinated residents of over 50 international locations and territories who can travel like totally vaccinated UK travellers
From 4am today (Monday 4 October 2021), the UK’s new travel system comes into power with international locations and territories categorised as both pink or the remainder of the world.
The new simplified travel system additionally signifies that eligible totally vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18s returning from over 50 international locations and territories not on the pink record, can accomplish that with no need to finish a pre-departure take a look at (PDT), a day 8 take a look at or enter a 10-day self-isolation interval, making it simpler for these travelling – whether or not that’s to see family and friends, or on enterprise journeys.
As introduced final month, the new guidelines additionally imply that from later in October eligible totally vaccinated passengers with an authorized vaccine and recognised certificates from a rustic not on the pink record will be capable of exchange their day 2 take a look at with a less expensive lateral circulate take a look at, decreasing the price of exams on arrival into England. The authorities goals to have this in place for when folks return from half-term breaks.
Anyone testing optimistic might want to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR take a look at, at no further price, which might be genomically sequenced to assist establish new variants.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned:
We are accelerating in direction of a future the place travel continues to reopen safely and stays open for good, and today’s rule adjustments are excellent news for households, companies and the travel sector.
Our precedence stays to guard public well being however, with greater than 8 in 10 folks now totally vaccinated, we’re capable of take these steps to decrease the price of testing and assist the sector to proceed in its restoration.
Also from today, under-18s from the over 50 international locations whose vaccination standing the UK recognises won’t must current a adverse PDT earlier than travelling to England. This applies no matter their vaccination standing.
All under-11s, no matter the place they’re travelling from, are already exempt from pre-departure testing for arrival within the UK. If youngsters aged 11 and over will not be travelling from one of many 50-plus international locations and territories the place vaccines are recognised, they are going to be required to comply with the identical guidelines as for unvaccinated passengers.
From today, we’re increasing our vaccinated coverage to an additional 18 international locations, together with the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Canada. The recognised vaccines are Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca (together with Covidshield), Moderna and Janssen (J&J).
This builds on the UK authorities’s profitable pilot section with Europe and the US, and brings the entire variety of international locations in scope of the coverage to over 50, with extra international locations and territories being added within the coming weeks.
Those eligible should have a doc from a nationwide or state-level public well being authority that features sure info together with title, date of beginning and vaccination particulars, as set out in steering on GOV.UK.
The authorities has maintained it could take a phased strategy to recognising vaccines administered by different international locations and territories, constructing on the success of the pilot with the US and Europe.
Fully vaccinated residents in different international locations not but a part of the inbound coverage, in addition to these partially vaccinated, will nonetheless should take a pre-departure take a look at, PCR exams for day 2 and day 8 after arrival, and self-isolate for 10 days, with the choice to check to launch after 5 days.
The UK authorities is constant to work with worldwide companions as we search to extra usually increase the coverage to additional international locations and territories.
All arrivals will nonetheless must fill in a passenger locator kind forward of travel. Travellers ought to proceed to test GOV.UK travel steering together with Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel recommendation earlier than, throughout and after travel to maintain updated with entry necessities and guarantee compliance with the newest COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 laws for the nation being visited. Passengers must also rigorously test reserving situations previous to reserving.