The UK government has announced further relaxation of travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals arriving in the United Kingdom. The new rules include the removal of all testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. The easing of testing requirements will not apply to unvaccinated travellers.
Passengers who arrive in the United Kingdom after 4:00 am on 11 February must:
The new rules mean fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to:
In order to qualify as a fully vaccinated individual, travellers must have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in the United Kingdom:
Furthermore, passengers must be able to prove that they have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, at a minimum, the following:
Passengers fully vaccinated in the United States will also need to prove that they are a US resident.
If an individual is fully vaccinated, but does not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, they must follow the rules for non-vaccinated individuals.
Before travelling to the United Kingdom, all unvaccinated passengers must:
Unvaccinated travellers will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival, unless the COVID-19 PCR test is positive. If the PCR test is positive, individuals must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day the test is taken is considered day zero. The self-isolation period can be reduced at the start of day six if the day five and six COVID-19 tests are both negative and taken 24 hours apart.
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