Please take note of the below changes to travel rules which will come into effect in October. These will make travel significantly easier, in particular short stays and weekend breaks.
SIMPLER RULES FOR TRAVEL TO THE UK FROM OCTOBER
From Monday 4 October 2021, the UK government will be relaxing rules for entry into the UK for fully vaccinated passengers who will no longer need a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test.
The same rules will apply for all children under the age of 18 at their time of arrival in the UK and who are resident in the United Kingdom, EU, Switzerland, the USA or one of the listed countries or territories with UK approved vaccination programmes.
You can find the UK Government’s official information regarding the rule changes which will apply from Monday 4 October 2021 here.
With effect from 4 October 2021, passengers entering the United Kingdom will be considered fully-vaccinated should they meet the following criteria:
- They have received their full vaccine dosage at least 14 days before departure and they were vaccinated in the United Kingdom, EU, Switzerland, the USA or one of the listed countries or territories with UK approved vaccination programmes. Please note that passengers who have taken combinations of vaccine doses (e.g. one dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine and one dose of the Pfizer vaccine) are now also recognised as fully vaccinated.
- They have documentation (in either digital or hard copy format) from a public health body to demonstrate that they are participating in an approved COVID-19 clinical vaccine trial in the US, Canada or Australia.
Please note that passengers are not considered fully vaccinated under English rules if they have not received their full vaccine dosage, even if they are in possession of a COVID recovery certificate. In such instances, passengers will be required to follow the rules which apply to unvaccinated passengers. Passengers who have received vaccines for which only one dose is required, such as the vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, will be considered fully vaccinated.
Before passengers travel to England they must:
- Book their day 2 test which is to be taken 2 days after their arrival (children under the age of 4 are exempt)
- Complete a passenger locator form
After arriving in England passengers must:
- Take their day 2 test
- Passengers will not need to enter quarantine if they are fully vaccinated
For passengers who are not fully vaccinated, existing rules will apply. Find all the details in our “Travel to the UK” section of our COVID-19 information hub.
Exemptions from one or more of the COVID-related travel restrictions
Passengers may be exempt from some or all of the COVID-19 travel and entry requirements as a result of their profession. Passengers must be able to provide evidence that they qualify for exemption. Failure to do so may result in the imposition of a fine by the authorities.
Click here for further information.
TRAVEL TO THE NETHERLANDS
Since 22 September, rules are changing for passengers travelling to the Netherlands from the UK.
Fully vaccinated passengers are no longer required to self-quarantine on arrival.
Concerning minors aged between 13 and 18 years travelling from the UK to The Netherlands, since 29 September they don't need to provide proof of vaccination and are exempted from quarantine when accompanied by fully vaccinated parents/guardians.
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated still need to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This isolation period can be shortened by taking a test on day 5.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION FOR TRAVEL TO AND FROM BELGIUM
All passengers aged 12 years and over (regardless of citizenship or residency) are legally required to complete a Passenger Locator Form online. The form must be completed online up to 48 hours before departure. As the UK is outside the Schengen area, all customers are required to complete the form regardless of their length of stay.
Passengers must ensure that they complete the form online before arriving at London St Pancras as they will be required to present the form, along with other required documents, in order to travel.