The latest government advice regarding travel

Over the past few months, Boris Johnson and the government have certainly kept us on our toes with the many changes that have come into play. I understand that booking a holiday right now may still be daunting, but that’s why I am here to help.



Here are the current guidelines, which were correct at 17 January 2022.




Before you travel to England if fully vaccinated


Before you travel to England you must:

  • book and pay for a Covid-19 test – to be taken after you arrive in England

  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

If you’re in England for less than two days, you still need to book and pay for a Day 2 Covid-19 test.



When you arrive in England if fully vaccinated


After you arrive in England you must take a Covid-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.


You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of Day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is Day 0.


If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.

If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.



Before you travel to England if not fully vaccinated


Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a Covid-19 test – to be taken in the two days before you travel to England

  • book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England

  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England


When you arrive in England if not fully vaccinated


After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for ten full days

  • take your Covid-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel

You must take the first test on or before Day 2 and the second test on or after Day 8. The day you arrive is Day 0.

If you are in England for less than ten days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.



If the test result is positive


If your Day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the test is Day 0.


You do not need to take the Day 8 test if your Day 2 test is positive. If your Day 2 test is negative, you must take your Day 8 test.


If your Day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for ten full days. The day you took the Day 8 test is Day 0.



If the test result is negative


If your Day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine.


You must take your Day 8 test on or after Day 8.


If your Day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:


  • Day 10 – Day 0 is the day you arrived in England

  • when you receive the Day 8 test result


This information was correct at 17 January 2022.


Further information can be found here:


www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19