New rules on mandatory Covid-19 testing for travel to the UK from 15 February

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From the 15 February, anyone permitted to arrive into the UK will need to self-isolate and, in addition to existing pre-departure requirements, it will be mandatory for all arrivals to take a Covid-19 test on day 2 and again on day 8 of their 10 day quarantine period.

These tests must be booked before arrival in the UK. Airlines will be required to confirm that a booking has been made for the two mandatory tests before they let a returning passenger board a flight.

A list of testing providers in the UK is available here:

Those arriving will still need to complete a passenger locator form up to 48 hours before departure and provide a negative Covid test result taken in the 3 days before you depart, as well as undertaking the 2 mandatory Covid tests once in the UK

Please note: You cannot currently enter the UK if you’ve been in or through a country on the banned travel list (sometimes known as the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days, unless you’re British, Irish or you have the right to live in the UK.

The government ‘red list’ is here:

The government are introducing new fines and sanctions to enforce these measures. These measures will remain in place as long as is required to protect public health and reduce transmission of the virus and to reduce the risk of new variants.

For more information and details of exemptions please see: