Which tests do I need to take for my flight abroad? 

As part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, international travel is now becoming possible again.  The government has released a different set of rules on travelling to and from Red, Amber & Green countries- these can be found here. Using the list you must find the country that you are travelling to and find the zone that it is currently in .  It's important to understand that if you are travelling through a red zone to get to an amber zone then you must follow the government guidance of the red zone. 

'Fit to Fly Certificate'- A negative PCR & accompanying certificate 

Everyone who is leaving England through an airport must produce a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate. In order to get this you must take a PCR Covid-19 Test and receive a negative result 'Fit to Fly'certificate. This will need to be presented at the airport before departure in order to be allowed to board the plane. 

Quarantine on return- Who qualifies for 'Test to Release'  

From the 17th of May people can travel to and from countries within the Green Zones without having to quarantine upon return. However travelers returning from Amber Zones will need to quarantine for ten days and can pick their place of quarantine. They also have the option to opt in to ‘Test to Release’ on Day 5 of their isolation. This is another PCR test that if negative allows you to leave isolation early.

It’s important to note that other household members must isolate also even if they haven’t been abroad.

Those who have traveled in or through the red zone need to spend the duration of their 10 days isolation in a quarantine hotel. They cannot opt into ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

Upon arrival back to the UK- Day 2 & Day 8 

 

Upon arrival back into the UK everyone, regardless of which zone they have traveled through, needs to take a PCR Test on Day 2. This is part of the government’s variance survey. Those who have traveled through an amber or red zone must also take a Day 8 test as well as a Day 2. It’s important to note even if you have opted into ‘Test to Release’ you must still take these tests regardless.

 

Before departure 

Green Zone

Take a PCR test prior to flying out. 

If negative, receive a 'Fit to Fly' certificate.

Book a Day 2 PCR test if returning to the UK.

Amber zone

Take a PCR test prior to flying out. 

If negative, receive a 'Fit to Fly' certificate.

Book a Day 2 & Day 8 PCR test if returning to the UK.

Red Zone

Take a PCR test  prior to flying out. 

 

If negative, receive a 'Fit to Fly' certificate.

 

Book a Day 2 & Day 8 PCR test if returning to the UK.

Returning to England

Green Zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK

You do not need to isolate

You do need to take a Day 2 PCR test

Amber zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK.

Quarantine at chosen address for 10 days and complete a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.

You may opt in to the Test to Release Scheme by taking a test on day 5. If negative, you can leave isolation. You must still complete a day 8 test.

Red Zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK.

Quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel for 10 days and complete a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.

You may not opt into the Test to Release scheme.