Pre-departure tests for all UK arrivals from today

The British government has introduced the testing requirement to nationals arriving from the European Union Member States in a bid to minimize the further spread of Omicron, the new variant of the COVID-19 virus.

From Tuesday, December 7, vaccinated and unvaccinated European nationals are obliged to present a negative LFD or PCR pre-departure test certificate, not older than 48 hours, in order to enter the United Kingdom.

This measure includes all children aged 12 years and above, and in addition to the test result, they must provide the completed passenger locator form carried out within the last 48 hours of departure. Due to the unpredictability of Omicron, travellers are advised to take the test as closely as possible to the departure time.

All contacts of suspected Omicron COVID-19 cases are required to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks. Follow all official instructions.