How Citizens of Australia Can Enter the United Kingdom During Coronavirus

How Citizens of Australia Can Enter the United Kingdom During Coronavirus

iVisa | Updated on Nov 29, 2021

In June 2020, the government of the United Kingdom added some rules to how a foreign traveler can enter its borders. These rules are still in force today and one of the many that they decided to implement is the rule that requires travelers to keep themselves away from others on the first 10 days of their stay in the country. Plus, there are some other things that travelers need to be aware of when they are going to the UK so continue reading as we examine these details.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do Australian citizens have to know when traveling to the United Kingdom?

As stated, a lot of travelers who are going to the United Kingdom for whatever reason will be obliged to go on quarantine as soon as they enter the country. However, it depends on your vaccination status and where you are traveling from.

  • COVID test prior to arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no pre-departure testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • COVID test prior to arrival- unvaccinated travelers: PCR or antigen within 72 hours.
  • COVID test after arrival- fully vaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days
  • COVID test after arrival- unvaccinated travelers: Pre-booked PCR or antigen within 2 days and on or after day 8
  • COVID test exemptions- vaccinated and unvaccinated: Travelers arriving in the UK from Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, St Helena or Ascension don't need a COVID-19 test to enter. Travelers moving between Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England are also exempt from testing requirements.

Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries

  • COVID test after arrival- red list countries: PCR on day 2 and day 8.

  • Quarantine requirements- fully vaccinated travelers: There are no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers.

  • Quarantine requirements- unvaccinated travelers: 10 days home quarantine which can end early with a negative private test result on day 5.

Information for all travelers arriving from red list countries between midday 26 November and 4am 28 November

  • Quarantine requirements 10 days self-isolation
  • Quarantine testing PCR on day 2 and day 8.

Information for UK nationals and residents arriving from red list countries after 4am 28 November

  • Quarantine requirements 10 days hotel quarantine
  • Quarantine testing PCR on or before day 2 and day 8.

What is the UK Passenger Locator Form for?

The UK Passenger Locator Form is documentation that the authorities at the port of entry are requiring from all travelers arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area (CTA). If a traveler comes in from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, the Isle of Man, or the Channel Islands, they will not be required to fill out a UK Passenger Locator Form. If the travelers are inbound from anywhere other than these places, the UK Passenger Locator Form is a necessary form for them to enter the country.

The form contains information like the traveler’s contact details, as well as the address where he will be completing his self-isolation, if applicable. The information will be used by the British government to keep an eye on the traveler if he is adhering to self-isolation rules. The government will also be able to get in touch with the traveler or a person traveling with him if one or both of them begin showing symptoms of COVID-19 while they are inside the country.

You should not forget that the form is to be filled out online. Do not print the form out and fill it in by hand. It should be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK. It will be invalid if completed earlier, and it can cause delays in entry if completed upon arrival.

What will Australian citizens have to do when they arrive?

Probably the first thing that you will be asked for is a printed copy of the UK Passenger Locator Form confirmation email. If you don’t want to carry a printed piece of paper, you can just show the confirmation email using your phone. Many may be required to provide a Health Declaration Form as well.

If you are to self-isolate, you should proceed to the location where you will fulfill the requirement immediately. Do not use public transport unless you have absolutely no other option. If you are forced to use public transportation, make sure that there is a distance of 6 feet between you and the nearest passenger.

Need help in getting a UK Passenger Locator Form or a Health Declaration Form? Head over to the iVisa.com website right now and check out our service.

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