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4am Tuesday is the start time for PCR tests and compulsory isolation

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One fact missing from Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday about the reintroduction of PCR tests and self-isolation for UK arrivals was the start date.

The requirement for the Government to publish a Statutory Instrument, and to give the testing companies some time to prepare, has caused a delay.

The following message has now appeared on the Passenger Locator Form website:

From 04:00 Tuesday 30 November 2021 testing and isolation requirements will change for all arrivals into the UK.

If you are arriving into the UK after 04:00 Tuesday 30 November 2021 then please return to complete your Passenger Locator Form after 04:00 Monday 29 November as the system is currently being updated.

If you are arriving into the UK before 04:00 Tuesday 30 November 2021 please continue to complete your Passenger Locator Form now.

After 04:00 Tuesday 30 November 2021 lateral flow tests will no longer be accepted and all travellers arriving into UK will be required to book and take COVID-19 PCR tests.”

The original text is here.

This will hopefully provide some leeway for anyone who needs to return to the UK.

Remember that you will need to self isolate from the time you arrive in the UK until you receive your test result. You may only leave home to take your test and to buy food if no-one else can buy it for you.

Comments (195)

  • ADS says:

    Looks like the Common Travel Area continues to be exempt from the rules for international arrivals.
    This page was updated yesterday, although of course we need to wait for the Statutory Instrument to be completely sure.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19#ireland-the-uk-the-channel-islands-and-the-isle-of-man

    • Polly says:

      @ADS, genius…
      That’s handy, me and OH will be going straight to DUB later on in the morning, on the day we arrive. On an RFS from T5 if available. Nice breakfast 1st in the arrivals lounge hopefully. Simples…..def worth a thought. Mum’s anniversary. Didn’t think we would be able to make it…if it works out, then Tnx Mr Gov….drop bags home, then turn straight around back to T5. Will double check when SI is set up first, tho.

  • Tracey says:

    Collinson have tweeted that their rapid PCR doesn’t meet the government standards for day2. Seems very odd.

    • Polly says:

      That’s very strange. Wonder if express test at LHR will be similar. Pretty useful to be able to do the 3 hr one on arrival there, if ness.

  • flyer123 says:

    Is anyone aware of a provider who offers fast turn-around (3 or 4 h) PCR tests at Heathrow (at the airport or at a hotel / similar nearby) that are explicitly stated to meet the requirements?
    Thanks

    • Polly says:

      Holding our breaths that express test will be able,to,offer a day 2 3 hr arrivals test. They should be able to adjust the process. Waiting to see this update also. But, see above about meeting standards. That could be worrying.

  • BP says:

    Just been to Randox Glasgow for a test. I could not believe how busy it was. They must be testing about 300 people an hour. Money making machine!!

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