The New Checklist – Travel & Covid-19

Passport: Check.

Neck pillow: Check.

COVID-19 test result: Ummm…

Whether for business or leisure, there’s one more travel essential to add to the list – a negative COVID test.

The New Checklist - Travel & Covid-19
Overall travel has been disrupted and has possibly changed forever due to the global pandemic. Whilst only essential travel is permitted, essential COVID-19 testing for travel may be around for a long time to come. The government has made rules outlining the new criteria for travelling, including tests, timings of said tests, and self-isolation periods.

Testing and timings

There are a few different tests for the virus which can be taken to see whether you have it presently or have had it previously. Tests include a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), loop-mediated isothermal amplification (Lamp), or lateral flow (antigen) test. The PCR test is the main test accepted at arrivals and departures, but we recommend having both a PCR and antibodies test.

The antibody test shows if you’ve had the virus previously and have developed antibodies. This is a way to be certain that you have developed an immune response and that the COVID-19 virus has left your body.

Travellers and potential travellers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, unless you are exempt.

Quarantine Rules

Passengers arriving in England who present a negative result prior to departure from a country not on the travel corridor list will have their self-isolation period reduced.

When you arrive back to England from your country of departure, you will have to isolate on the day of arrival for 10 full days. The 10-day self-isolation period is necessary because it can take up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. On the fifth day, you can have a private self-isolation test to see if you can stop self-isolating early.

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Please be aware that there is an ongoing national shortage of Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis vaccines, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide vaccination against these two diseases.

For further information and updates, please ask our colleagues

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