COVID-19 returning to UK

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What you must do before you travel to UK

Get PCR test in the departing country where you are gone for holiday or pilgrimage.

Fill in Passenger Locator Form on one or two days before flight home.

Returning from Amber list of country must take a test on or before Day 2 of arriving back in the UK and then on or after day 8. You will need to quarantine for 10 days.

Supervised means staff will take the sample for you. If you take the test at home, you may be able to have a video call with staff who will explain what you need to do.

Unsupervised means you’ll take the sample yourself without supervision.

Test to Release

You can order an extra test called Test to release to see if you can each end quarantine early. You do not have to do this- it’s a voluntary test.

You take the test on or after day 5 (the day you arrive is 0). If the result is negative, you can end quarantine early. You must still book your compulsory day 2 and day 8 tests, even if your Test to Release is negative. ( to find the centre where to go.

Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and can end Quarantine, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

Changing the place where you’re quarantining

  • Legal obligation requires you to change address such as when you’re a child whose parents live separately, and you have to move between homes as part of shared custody agreement.
  • It’s necessary and permissible for you to stay overnight at accommodation before travelling to the place where you will be quarantining for the remaining period.

If this happens, you must provide full details of each addresses where you’ll quarantine on the passenger locator form.

If, in exceptional circumstances, you cannot remain where you’re staying, you can move to a new place to quarantine and you must complete a new passenger locator form as soon as possible.

Leaving Quarantine

If you have quarantined for 10 full days (where day 0 is the day you took the test or had symptoms) and received a negative result to both your day 2 and day 8 tests, and you are well, you may leave the place where you’re quarantining.

You can also end your quarantine through the Test to Release Scheme.

Once you leave quarantine, you must still follow the national restrictions that apply.

If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

If you do not take the day 2 and day 8 tests, you may face a penalty of up to £2,000. You do not need to take your second test if you received a positive result to your first test.

Before you travel you must book and pay for the 2 COVID-19 tests you have to take after you arrive in England.

Providing false or deliberately misleading info when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment.

You could be fined up to £10,000 , imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the last 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

Happy Journey.