Test to Release
Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.
From Monday 18th January inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in, to help protect against the new strains of coronavirus such as those seen in Denmark and South Africa.
Moreover, from Monday 18th January all travel corridors have been suspended to help protect against new strains.
Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train should book their test before they travel; must complete a passenger locator form; and will still need to self-isolate for 5 days before taking a test – rather than taking it at their port of arrival.
Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements (10 days).
UPDATE: Under national restrictions foreign travel is only permitted for limited purposes detailed in the full guidance.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office publish all the travel advice on GOV.UK. Consular officers cannot provide any additional information by phone. Read more about the support consular officers provide.
You can also call the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on +44 (0)20 7008 1500 if you require urgent assistance.