Travelling to and from the UK

People Arriving from the UK
Update 17 September – Turkey will be reclassified by the UK into the Amber Country category from 4am on Wednesday 22 September.  This means that anyone wishing to go to the UK from the TRNC will no longer pick up a Red Country Classification due to them transiting through a Red Country.


Full guidance can be found below:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Note the rules vary slightly between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so you must check your specific country.


Anyone traveling from the UK via Ercan will from 22 September need to meet the following conditions:


Vaccinated 

  • Covid test (either PCR/LAMP/Lateral flow) <72 hours old on departure

  • Complete the online UK Passenger Locator form

  • Purchase a day 2 PCR test in advance of travel – suppliers can be found online at www.gov.uk


Unvaccinated

  • Covid test (either PCR/LAMP/Lateral flow) <72 hours old on departure

  • Complete the online UK Passenger Locator form

  • Purchase a day 2 and day 8 PCR test in advance of travel – suppliers can be found online at www.gov.uk

Note anyone vaccinated in the TRNC is classified as unvaccinated, as the TRNC is not an approved by country on the UK Permissible Vaccine Countries.  This is regardless of the type of vaccine you received.


From 4am on 4 October the UK is simplifying their Country Classification Structure for travel.  After this date there will only be 2 categories – Red list Countries and Low risk Countries.  The rules for Low Risk Countries (now includes both Cyprus & Turkey) are changing.  


Vaccinated

  • For people who have received a vaccination from either the UK, or an approved vaccine from a Country on their Approved Countries Vaccine list 

  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England

  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England


You do not need to:

  • take a pre-departure test

  • take a day 8 COVID-19 test

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England


You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body 


Unvaccinated
Anyone who is unvaccinated or has received a vaccine, regardless of whether it is recognised by the UK or not, who is not on the UK Approved list of Countries – Neither the TRNC or Turkey are on this list.


Requirements remain the same as at present, ie


Before you travel to England you must:

 


After you arrive in England you must:

 

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days

  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

 

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Full list of Approved Countries


From 4am Monday 4 October, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:
 

  • under an approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US or UK vaccine programme overseas

  • with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea or Taiwan – mixing between two-dose vaccines (Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna) in this list is also recognised

  • under a formally approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in the US, Canada and Australia and have a proof of participation (digital or paper-based) from a public health body

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