COVID-19: What are the new COVID-19 rules for traveling to the UK?

Following the news that the Omicron strain of the coronavirus may be more easily transmissible than other variants, the Government of the United Kingdom has decided to toughen its entry requirements. If you were planning on going back to the UK for Christmas or are in Spain on holiday or visiting family, here is what you need to know:

  • From 04:00 Tuesday morning on December 7, 2021, anyone planning to travel to the UK will need to take a COVID-19 test before their journey and then another test after arriving in the UK.
  • All people aged 12 and over will have to show proof of a negative test, even if they are fully vaccinated. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a lateral flow test are acceptable and must be taken 48 hours before departure.
  • After having arrived in the UK, you will have 48 hours to take a PCR test that was pre-booked before your travel and bought from a government-approved list of providers.
  • While waiting for the PCR test result, you must self-isolate regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated. You can stop self-isolating if your test is negative.
  • Along with the tests, all travelers coming to the UK must fill in a passenger locator form which they need to fill in no more than 48 hours before their journey.

The cost for a PCR test in Spain is around 60 euros while in the UK a test costs around £60.

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