PCR testing will be abolished for fully vaccinated travelers returning to England in October


    Starting at 4 a.m. on Monday 4th October, the current traffic light system in England will be phased out with fully vaccinated travelers from a non-red list destination who no longer need to take a home pre-departure test, eliminating those between 22 and 39 pounds could be saved based on our research of the cheapest providers. These travelers also no longer have to take a test on the 8th day.

    In addition, later in October (an exact date has yet to be confirmed), the government is planning its obligation for fully vaccinated travelers to England from non-redlisted destinations to take a PCR test on days two and eight. Instead, travelers can get a cheaper rapid antigen lateral flow test on day two.

    It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he wanted to end PCR testing for fully vaccinated travelers on return to the UK. But those who are not fully vaccinated and who are traveling to England from an off-red list destination on or after October 4th will need to undergo a rapid antigen and post-arrival PCR test as well as a 10 – Quarantine for a day at home.

    Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have the option to set their own travel rules and both the Scottish and Welsh Governments have advised us that they are considering the UK Government’s plans. We have not yet received a response from Northern Ireland and will update this story as we know more.

    Keep in mind that both the current and new traffic light systems only dictate what you must do when you return to England and you will still need to comply with the entry requirements of the country or territory you are traveling to and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Orientation aid. For more information on traveling abroad, see our guide to coronavirus travel rights.


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