Updates on International Travel and COVID-19 Measures in the UK

From 1am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules of international travel to the UK will change to make it easier for fully vaccinated travelers from a number of countries including Canada, Australia, Europe and the US to enter the UK without requiring quarantine.

The UK Government have replaced their list of Green, Amber and Red countries to a simplified system of Red countries and the Rest of the World. Click here to see the list of Red countries.

Most participants will fall into the Group 1 category below. Please check which category you are in and which rules apply to you:

Group 1: Travel from the Rest of the World (Canada and Australia included) and fully vaccinated

If you are travelling from the rest of the world and are fully vaccinated (Click here for requirement), you will have to:

  • Book and pay for a day-2 lateral flow COVID-19 test – to be taken within 2 days of arrival in England
  • Complete your passenger locator form  – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (at least 14 days prior to arrival) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding.

Group 2: Travel from the rest of the world and non-vaccinated

If you are travelling from the rest of the world and are not fully vaccinated, you will have to:

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for day-2 and day-8 PCR COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Group 3: Travel from red list countries

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish national or you have residence rights in the UK.

Before you travel to England, you must:

  • take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

When you arrive in England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests.

Book your Covid-19 Tests

Here is the link to a list of Covid-19 test providers from the UK government. Here are two which are conveniently located at the airport and close to the venue for your consideration:

Cignpost Diagnostics: Cignpost Diagnostics offers PCR Test and Fit-to-Fly Test services at Heathrow airport. You may book a test via the main Express Test Website.

London Doctors Clinic: London Doctors Clinic provides PCR Test and Fit-to-Fly Test services in various locations in London. The Waterloo center is close to the etc. venues County Hall. You may book a test via this booking link.

PLEASE NOTE: The information above may be subject to change at short notice, and 121 Group cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided by third parties. So please do your own research before travelling and regularly check for the latest travel rules on the UK Government website, from the authorities in your own jurisdiction, and from your travel providers.

We look forward to welcoming you to London in November!