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New rules for traveling to the UK

New rules for traveling to the UK

The UK requires all internationals traveling there to show a negative COVID-19 test, as well as take another test before the end of their second day in the UK.

The request for a pre-arrival test takes effect at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. It applies to all travelers, regardless of vaccination status.

The announcement was made by UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Twitter. It is not yet clear whether a PCR test will be required or whether antigen tests will be allowed again.

What do you need to know about second day tests - and when should they be booked?

Everyone arriving in the UK, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not, should have a test on the second day.

The rules are different if you are flying from a red list country, so check the status of the country you are leaving from.

The second day test should be a PCR test. You need to isolate yourself until you get a negative result

You will need your booking reference for the passenger tracking form, which can be completed up to 48 hours before your flight.

Therefore, you should book your second day test before arriving at the airport to pick up your flight to the UK.

Previously, as of October 24, an antigen test was allowed.

But now, PCR tests or those before the second day will be required for all newcomers, regardless of vaccination status or country of origin. This is in response to the Omicron type COVID-19, which has been labeled by the World Health Organization as a 'concern variant' and poses a "very high" global risk.

The green lists were removed on October 4, 2021, while the red list was also removed in October, but as of this week 10 places have been re-added to the list.