You and all your party, except children aged four and under (ten and under if returning to Scotland), will have to take a COVID-19 test on or before day two of your arrival into the UK. The type of test will depend on when you’re due to arrive and where, as well as your age and vaccination status:
- If you’re arriving into the UK on or before 23 October 2021, this is a COVID-19 PCR test.
- If you’re arriving into England on or after 24 October 2021 and you’re fully vaccinated* or aged 5 to 17 years, this is a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT), also known as lateral flow.
- If you’re not fully vaccinated or arriving elsewhere in the UK on or after 24 October 2021, this is a COVID-19 PCR test.
Please note, it can’t be one of the free NHS tests.
You don't need to self-isolate unless the test result is positive, unless the below applies.
You also need to book a day eight test if you’re aged 18 or over and haven’t been fully vaccinated*, as well as self-isolate for ten days.
*To be “fully vaccinated” you must’ve had your final dose of an approved vaccine under the UK, EU or US vaccination programme at least 14 days before you’re due to arrive in the UK.
Please note, you’ll need to book the test(s) before you return to the UK to be able to complete your UK passenger locator form.
When booking any of the tests required by the UK Government, you must check that the testing supplier is fully approved by the devolved nation you’re arriving into i.e. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in line with the current guidance. For more information please visit:
Find out more about how to get a test.