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.”
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.