Pre-departure take a look at not wanted for eligible totally vaccinated vacationers

From 4am on Sunday 9 January, eligible totally vaccinated vacationers and over 5s will be capable to take a lateral circulation take a look at as an alternative of a PCR on or earlier than day 2 of their arrival in England. Lateral circulation assessments for journey could be booked from Friday 7 January and brought upon arrival, by the tip of day 2.

Eligible totally vaccinated passengers and below 18s will not have to take a pre-departure take a look at or self-isolate on arrival in England from 4am on Friday 7 January however should proceed to take their post-arrival assessments.

As information reveals Omicron is the dominant variant within the UK and spreading broadly in the neighborhood it’s now proportionate to cautiously cut back testing measures on the borders.

Anybody who receives a optimistic end result on their lateral circulation take a look at should self-isolate instantly and order a NHS PCR take a look at from Constructive PCR assessments for arrivals can be sequenced to grasp if and the place variants are rising across the globe with the intention to shield the UK public.

Well being and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid stated:

As we be taught extra in regards to the Omicron variant it’s proper that we preserve our testing and border measures below overview to make sure they continue to be proportionate.

The steps we’re taking will make journey simpler for folks whereas defending the UK public from the virus.

Omicron continues to be a critical menace and it’s important that vacationers proceed to get examined. Crucial factor anybody can do in the event that they have not already is come ahead for his or her vaccine.”

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps stated:

I’ve all the time stated that we can’t preserve worldwide journey restrictions in place any longer than they’re crucial to guard public well being.

That is why we’re eradicating the short-term, further testing measures we launched for Omicron in November, making journey simpler and cheaper for totally vaccinated passengers and offering a giant enhance for the journey trade as we enter the height new 12 months reserving interval.

We need to present extra certainty to passengers and companies, and can do a full overview of our worldwide journey measures for 2022 by the tip of the month.”

Dr Susan Hopkins UK Well being Safety Company stated:

It’s critical anybody who receives a optimistic Day 2 lateral circulation take a look at self-isolates instantly and orders a PCR on gov uk. All journey PCRs with excessive quantities of virus are sequenced to assist us perceive if any new variants are rising around the globe and coming into the UK.

Everybody should proceed to put on face coverings the place required, wash fingers often and work at home to assist cease the unfold of the virus and preserve our family members and neighborhood secure.”

Lateral circulation assessments for worldwide journey should be bought from a non-public supplier as NHS Check and Hint lateral circulation assessments can’t be used for worldwide journey. Passengers who’ve already purchased a PCR to make use of for journey don’t want to purchase one other take a look at as PCRs can nonetheless be used.

Unvaccinated passengers should proceed to take a pre-departure take a look at, PCR take a look at on or earlier than Day 2 and on or after Day 8 and self-isolate for 10 days. ‘Check to launch’ stays an possibility for unvaccinated folks to shorten their self-isolation interval.

Proof of vaccination from over 15 additional international locations and territories can be accepted for entry into England from 4am on Monday 10 January: Bhutan, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Fiji, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, north of Cyprus, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Solomon Islands, The Gambia and Uzbekistan.

The World Well being Organisation has lately granted WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) authorization to the 2 variations of the ‘Novavax’ vaccine named Covovax and Nuvaxovid. Subsequently, eligible vacationers who’ve obtained both model of this vaccine can be acknowledged for worldwide journey into England from 4am on Monday 10 January.

No international locations have been added to the UK journey pink listing, which stays on standby. An extra overview of all journey measures can be carried out later within the month, and our long-term purpose stays to return to secure, restriction-free journey as quickly because it’s secure to take action.

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