2022 brings another change to Covid-19 testing rules for travellers to the UK, this time for fully vaccinated travellers. There’s still confusion over testing requirements for non-fully vaccinated travellers. Never fear; we explain all. ⬇️
It can be confusing to understand what counts as full vaccinated, especially with the recent global drive to give people booster vaccinations. At the time of writing, however, booster vaccines are not required for travel to the UK, and the government considers fully vaccinated individuals to be those who have completed a course of the below vaccinations;
“You must have had a complete course of one of the following vaccines at least 14 days before you arrive in England:
Janssen (single-dose vaccine)
Novavax (Nuvaxovid and Covovax)
The government advice also states that if you have been vaccinated with a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, you are considered fully vaccinated. You can read more about vaccination requirements here.
As always, we urge you to check the GOV.UK travel advice pages before any trip, as it’s often the most up-to-date and considered the ‘official’ source of information.
For fully vaccinated travellers, from 7th January 2022, there is no longer a requirement to take a test before travelling to the UK. However, it still applies to those who are not fully vaccinated.
Within 48 hours before starting their travel to the UK, a non-vaccinated or a non-fully vaccinated traveller must take a PCR or LFD/rapid antigen pre-departure test. This can be sourced in the country you’re travelling to the UK from. However, this can often be costly and sometimes difficult to understand who the best providers are, especially if you’re not a local. So, if you’re a UK resident, make sure you purchase and pack a Qured rapid antigen pre-departure test. As an accepted lateral flow test provider, you’ll get official results and valid travel documents in just 2 hours from submitting your test. It couldn’t be easier.
Now that you're in the UK, you'll need to quarantine for ten days at your home or an address that you can self-isolate at. Everybody has to do this, apart from those who are exempt. During these ten days, you'll need to take two PCR tests, one on or before Day 2 and one on or after Day 8. As part of the Covid-19 strategy to stop new variants from spreading, the Day 2 test will undergo genomic sequencing if the result is positive to check which variant is present.
Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests are often quite expensive, and because they are sent to a lab, results are slower. However, we’ve ensured that you’ll get great value and quick results if you take your tests with us. From £138, you can get results in 24-36 hours from receipt at the lab and delivery to you, and the lab is included in the cost.
Yes, there is another test. However, this is optional! You can cut your self-isolation with the Test to Release scheme. Once again, this test needs to be a PCR test, and from a government-approved private provider, it can't be the NHS. On the fifth full day after you arrive in the UK, you can take your test. If it's negative, you can exit quarantine early. You'll still need to take your Day 8 test, just in case. You can read more about Test to Release here.
In summary, testing for non-fully vaccinated travellers to the UK can be slightly confusing and expensive. With that in mind, our simple to use and affordable testing options make it easy for you to unlock travel around the world. Whether you’re skiing in Switzerland or cruising around the Caribbean, we can ensure that you’ve got the testing you need!