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Quarantine after International Travel

Requirement to quarantine at home after international travel and impact on annual leave requests

On Tuesday 7 December the government rules for arrival into the UK after international travel changed. A summary of these changes are below, but please ensure you visit Gov.uk for the very latest position.

If you are fully vaccinated and arrive in England from a country that is not on the red list, you:

  • Must take a Covid-19 test in the two days before you travel to England
  • Book and pay for a Covid-19 PCR test – to be taken before the end of day two after you arrive in England
  • Must quarantine at home or in the place you’re staying and you can only end quarantine if your PCR test result is negative or 14 days have passed, whichever is first. If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. 

If you are not fully vaccinated and arrive in England from a country that is not on the red list, you:

  • Must take a Covid-19 test in the two days before you travel to England
  • Book and pay for day two and day eight Covid-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • You must quarantine for 10 full days.

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

Impact on annual leave requests

We will support working from home during the required quarantine period for any colleagues who were outside of the UK when the rules changed.

Any colleagues who choose to travel internationally knowing the new rules outlined above will be required to consider the quarantine period implications and extend annual leave requests accordingly. For fairness, this will apply to all colleagues, regardless of your role and ability to work from home as part of your standard duties.

 

How to access a PCR test

Many testing companies are now setting up PCR test centres at main airport sites, allowing a quick turnaround of results for the required Day 2 (or prior) PCR test for fully vaccinated. We encourage all colleagues to book and pay for a Day 2 (or prior) PCR test as soon as possible upon arrival into the UK. You can compare and choose a test provider based on cost and whether they are available in your region. Quick links to details of on-site PCR testing options at local airports are here: Manchester; East Midlands; Birmingham.