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What is the Purpose of UK Passenger Locator Form During Coronavirus Outbreak?

iVisa | Updated on Sep 19, 2022

The UK Passenger Locator Form is a document essential for foreign travelers and returning citizens. They must fill out this form correctly so they will be able to enter the country. The form will be required for all travelers going into the UK from outside the Common Travel Area. Read on and find out what travelers need to know about the UK Passenger Locator Form.

Note: Since March 18th, 2022, the United Kingdom Passenger Locator Form is no longer necessary to enter the country.

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What basic details do I have to know about the UK Passenger Locator Form?

The form is a necessary document for all travelers to show when they travel into the United Kingdom from any country outside of the Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA consists of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Travelers inbound from any of the locations in the CTA will not need to fill out the form.

The form must be completed online before arriving. If you have completed the passenger locator form for another country, you will still fill out another one for the United Kingdom. Completing the form after your arrival in the country might make it more difficult and it may take longer for the authorities to allow you to enter the country.

You need to remember to complete the form no earlier than 48 hours before you are scheduled to touch down in a UK point of entry. Completion of the form is online. DO NOT print the form out then fill it out by hand. You may also need to show a Health Declaration Form so you should get one to make sure.

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter United Kingdom?

COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Kingdom, however, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine or take a COVID test before travel (as of 11th February).

  • Approved vaccines are Covaxin, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac. AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda also qualify as approved vaccines.
  • Travelers must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
  • Please note: To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must be vaccinated under an approved vaccination program.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Kingdom travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?

  • COVID test requirements: There are no testing requirements.

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?

  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.

What do I need to do when I arrive in the UK?

After arriving at any point of entry into the country, you will need to present one of the following:

1.A printed copy of the received confirmation email, or;

2.Show them the confirmation email on your mobile phone.

The government of the United Kingdom will use the information you have put into the form to contact you if you or someone who traveled with you is showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you need to go on self-quarantine in the UK, the information will be used to periodically check on the progress of your self-isolation.

What else do I need to know about the form?

When traveling with other people, you need to remember that each of you must complete a separate form. If you have traveling companions who are younger than 18 years old, they will not need to fill out their own forms if you will arrive in the UK and leave together, if you will be staying at the same address in the UK, and if you add their information into the form that you are filling out.

If you are someone who needs to enter more than once in a 48 hour period, you can include multiple entries in one form. You can do that if you are a transport crew member or a provider of essential goods and services. Also, make sure that you have a Health Declaration Form with you so you can be sure that the authorities will allow you to enter the country.

What is the purpose of the UK Passenger Locator Form?

As stated earlier, the form is used to contact the traveler if he or someone he is traveling with develops symptoms of COVID-19. This makes contact tracing easier, thereby helping to make sure that infected travelers get the help that they need to be cured of the disease.

Information on the form will also be used to check on the progress of the traveler’s self-isolation. This helps ensure that contact between people is minimized, and the spread of the disease is slowed down or halted.

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