Simpler COVID testing rules for travel to the UK from 24 October 2021
Testing requirements will ease for fully vaccinated passengers and most under 18s travelling to the UK from 24 October 2021. Find out more.
Fully vaccinated passengers will be able to take a lateral flow day 2 test following their arrival in the UK instead of a more expensive PCR test. The list of approved test providers will be available on GOV.UK from 22 October. NHS tests are not permitted for travel.
How will the new testing system work?
Passengers will need to take a photo of their lateral flow test and booking reference supplied by the private provider and send it back to them to verify the result.
Important: customers will still be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. Please advise customers to bring the completed form with them ready to be checked at the station.
Passengers who are not fully vaccinated with an authorised vaccine returning from a non-red destination must still complete a Passenger Locator form, take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 and complete 10 days self-isolation. Find out more.
Children: the change to day 2 test requirements will also apply for children resident in the UK, British Overseas Territories, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, USA, EU & EAA countries and other countries listed here.
Your customers can find out more about travel restrictions in all our destinations at our coronavirus hub.