Travelling to the UK
From 15th February anyone travelling to the England from Cyprus (not on the list of countries with a travel ban to the UK) will require 3 PCRs. The first to be taken <72 hours before arrival, as per previous guidance and then 2 further PCR tests on days 2 and a further on day 8. The costs of the tests will be paid by the individual and should be booked via the online portal before travel. The online portal will go live on Thursday. All arrivals not from the countries on the banned list must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, if however, any of the tests are positive they will need to self isolate for a further 10 days, from the date of the test.
For people travelling to Scotland anyone arriving in the UK, from outside the Common Travel Area must book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels, at a cost of #1,750 per person
Press Release 5.2.21 - Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February
From 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
Travelling to the UK
If you wish to travel to the UK, you need to take a PCR test <72 hours before arrival and complete the passenger locator form. Once in the UK you will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and take further PCR tests on day 2 and day 8, these must be paid for in advance using the online system. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a substantial fine. If you are travelling to Scotland you will also be required to quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10days.
More details about the requirements you need to meet are provided via the website links below:
Guidance on Coronavirus and the restrictions in place in the UK:
Passenger Locator Form
Before travelling to the UK all passengers must complete a passenger locator form, see link below:
Coronavirus testing before travel to the UK
England - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england
Northern Ireland - https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/pre-departure-testing-all-international-arrivals-northern-ireland
Scotland - https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/testing-for-people-travelling-to-scotland/
Wales - https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-people-travelling-wales
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test to Release for international travel
Pay for a COVID-19 test to find out if you can reduce your self-isolation period after international travel. This scheme is still operating following the new restrictions introduced on 15th February.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England
You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England from abroad.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer air travel for passengers
How to travel safely in airports and on aircraft during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Travel Bans to the UK guidance
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