As we continue to adapt to the evolving requirements surrounding travel, we would like to reiterate the latest information which will impact all passengers travelling into the UK.
The UK Government this week announced further measures at the UK border effective as of 15 February 2021. These include:
Government secured hotel isolation requirement for all arrivals from the 33 countries on the UK government’s red list
Passengers arriving from all countries will be required to take Covid-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of their quarantine period
Significant penalties imposed if passengers do not accurately disclose they are returning from a red list country
These measures are in addition to the current requirements for mandatory pre-flight Covid-19 testing.
The Scottish Government also announced that all inbound passengers whose journey originated internationally, including those transiting via an airport in England, will be required to undergo supervised hotel quarantine for 10 days.
Anyone arriving into England who has visited or been in transit through one of the red list countries in the last 10 days will be required to purchase a quarantine package (which will include the government approved accommodation, Covid-19 testing facilities and assigned transportation). Details about the quarantine package and the link to the online booking portal can be found here.
British Airways will be required to ask impacted passengers for proof of their quarantine package booking at check-in and may deny boarding if this is not provided. For more information, please visit the UK Government’s website.
ENGLAND PRE-DEPARTURE TESTS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
In accordance with the decisions taken by UK authorities, all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals and transit passengers, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 3 days prior to departure for entry into England.
Passengers are required to show their negative test results before boarding at the origin airport, and transport operators can deny boarding if necessary.
Passengers in transit over England are included and therefore must also present a negative test certificate and complete the Passenger Locator Form.
Test must be of a diagnostic-standard test such as a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, and could in some cases include LAMP and Lateral Flow tests within set limits. Evidence of certificate can be via hard copy or digital means.
On arrival back into England, Border Force will check passengers’ test results through the current spot check regime, to ensure that individuals are compliant with the new rules. Passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.
All passengers are still required to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and are subject to national lockdown restrictions.
All passengers arriving from countries, not on the Government’s Travel Corridor list are still required to self-isolate for ten days, regardless of the test result.
Who does not have to provide a negative test on arrival?
- Children under 11
- Arrivals from Common Travel Area (CTA)
- Air crews
Please be reminded that all passengers arriving into a UK airport must be informed and advised verbally and/or in writing by the agency regarding the UK Government’s “Entering the UK” procedures detailed on www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.
It is currently a legal requirement for agents to ensure that all passengers arriving to the UK are provided with the latest public health and related duties information on www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.
Please apply our current COVID-19 related procedures and passenger’s rights policy for passengers who are not permitted to travel by the country of departure/arrival due to COVID-19 restrictions
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