Passengers who are travelling from non-red countries and are fully vaccinated under an eligible vaccination scheme do not have to take a COVID-19 pre-departure test in their country of origin before travelling to England.
From Sunday 9 December, the Day 2 PCR test for fully vaccinated travellers will be replaced with the Day 2 Rapid Antigen (lateral flow) test.
Unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will continue to require pre-departure tests, as well as day 2 and day 8 PCR tests, and Test to Release remains an option to reduce the 10-day self-isolation period.
Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in the UK, or in a country with an approved proof of vaccination, are to be treated as ‘fully vaccinated’. This applies whether the child is vaccinated or not.
Children aged 5 to 17 who are resident in any country that is not on the approved proof of vaccination list must take travel tests and quarantine.
Children of ages four and under are exempt from testing.
If you are unsure on the classification of the country you’re arriving from, eligible vaccination schemes, or the test which you require, please consult the UK Government COVID-19 travel advice. Countries and territories can be moved between lists at short notice, so please monitor Gov.uk for information on which list your country is on.
Make sure that your chosen testing provider is on the UK Government’s approved provider list.
You must also fill in a Passenger Locator Form for travel to the UK. Your form must include your test booking reference number.
Please keep your face covered in the terminal except if asked to remove it by Border Force officers.
Remember to keep your distance as far as possible when collecting your baggage and leaving the airport.
Please leave the terminal as soon as you have collected any baggage. If you are being picked up, please arrange to be met at the car in the designated area.