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Key Points

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will not be subject to pre-arrival, lateral flow testing beginning February 11, 2022
  • Day eight testing removed for unvaccinated travelers beginning February 11, 2022


The United Kingdom (UK) government announced that eligible fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the UK would no longer have to take a post-arrival lateral flow test beginning at 4:00 am February 11, 2022. Eligible, fully vaccinated travelers will now only have to verify their status via the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before traveling to the UK.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will still be required to fill out the PLF and undergo pre- and post-arrival PCR testing. Still, they will no longer be required to undergo testing eight days after arrival nor self-isolation.

What are the Changes?

The government of the UK will remove all COVID-19 testing measures for fully vaccinated, eligible travelers entering the UK after February 11, 2022. The changes are expected to reduce entrance requirements and testing costs for fully vaccinated travelers. Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to present a pre-arrival COVID-19 test taken within two days of departure and undergo post-arrival PCR testing.

Looking Ahead

Currently, the passenger locator form must be completed within 48 hours of departure. At the end of February 2022, the government of the UK plans to expand this timeframe to 72 hours.

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.

Source: United Kingdom Government

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