Last Updated: Monday 21st March 2022
Latest Amendments: Removal of Passenger Locator Form for vaccinated travellers.
Regulations regarding returning to the UK from your trip abroad can vary, depending on which nation of the UK you are returning to. This guide will aim to set out what you need to do to ensure your return home goes as smoothly as possible.
The Ski Club aims to present information that is correct and up-to-date at the time of publication, and will update this document when necessary. Travel restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and may vary between all four nations of the UK; please check carefully before booking and before travelling, to ensure you are following the correct guidelines.
In the eyes of UK authorities and for the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received the following:
- Any vaccination issued as part of the UK’s vaccination programme
- Any vaccination issued to staff and volunteers of the UN
- Any vaccination issued overseas that has been approved for travel, including all four vaccinations approved by the European Medical Association (EMA) – covering all four regularly issued vaccinations in the UK - and, additionally, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Covaxin
For multi-dose vaccinations, you are considered fully vaccinated from a point 14 days after your final dose, with day 0 being the date of receipt of your final dose. There is no similar requirement for single-dose vaccinations.
Transiting within the UKPassengers transiting through one country of the United Kingdom on to other areas of the Common Travel Area (Inc. the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands) will follow different rules depending on the nature of the transit.
If you are remaining airside of the airport (i.e. not passing through passport control), you only need to follow the regulations of your final destination.
If you are leaving the airside area of the airport (i.e. passing through passport control), then continuing your journey, you must follow the rules of your initial transiting country/region first. Where different testing regulations in your final destination impact your ability to complete the Passenger Locator Form, such as if you are returning to the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the form will provide the option to select "exempt from Day 2 testing".
Fully vaccinated travellers returning to all four nations of the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to take a pre-departure test.
Unvaccinated travellers, or those who are not fully vaccinated, aged 18 and over must complete a COVID-19 PCR test in the two days before returning to the UK - this can either be a PCR, LAMP or Antigen (Lateral Flow) test.
Fully vaccinated travellers returning to all four nations of the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to complete a Passenger Locator Form.
Unvaccinated travellers, or those who are not fully vaccinated, aged 18 and over must continue to complete a Passenger Locator Form before travelling to the UK. All four nations use the same Passenger Locator Form, which can be found here. This should be filled in no more than 48hrs before you arrive in the UK.
This document will ask you to supply your personal details, as well as upload a picture of your passport photo page and proof of having booked your Day 2 return test (see below).
You will be asked to present this form at check-in and/or before boarding your flight. This can be done as either with a paper copy or as a PDF downloaded on your phone.
You can find the Passenger Locator Form here.
Day 2 Test
Fully vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a COVID-19 test between the moment of their arrival and a point no more than two days after.
Unvaccinated travellers, or those who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to take a COVID-19 test between the moment of their arrival in the UK and a point two days after. This can be done at an in-person testing site, such as at the airport on your arrival, or conducted at home and posted to the relevant lab. Travellers returning to all four nations of the UK can take either a PCR or an Antigen Test.
This test must be booked in advance of your arrival in the UK. As part of the Passenger Locator Form (see above), you will be asked to submit the booking reference number of this test.
Note that this test does not have to be carried with you nor delivered to your house (if using an at-home testing kit), only booked at this stage.
The Government provides a list of companies that can provide
verifiable Day 2 tests. For more information, please see here. You cannot use NHS testing facilities, either PCR or free Lateral Flow tests, part of this test
Quarantine or Self-Isolation Requirements
You may need to undergo some form or self-isolation or quarantine depending on their vaccination status and the country they are travelling from.
If you are fully vaccinated, travelling from a non-Red List country, and returning to any of the UK's four nations, you no longer need to isolate between your arrival and receipt of your Day 2 test result.
If you are not fully vaccinated and travelling from a non-Red List country, you must self-isolate for a period of 10 days, with the day of your arrival considered Day 0. You must complete a day 2 test as described above, as well as a PCR test on Day 8. You may end your self-isolation early with another test on Day 5.
For more information on quarantine requirements, please see here.
The UK Government’s Red List
The Red List is the UK Government’s list of countries that are home to variants of COVID-19 that are not yet present in the UK and are of concern to scientists because of their particular mutations.
The most recent example are several countries in Southern Africa, from which the Omicron variant of COVID has become widespread.
The Department for Transport has stipulated that countries will only be placed on the Red List as a result of these variants of concern, and not simply due to high case numbers, etc. This presents far more certainty to international travellers than previous systems, including the “Traffic Light” system in use throughout Spring and Summer 2020 and 2021.
If you are returning to the UK from a Red List country, you must self-isolate in an appointed hotel, booked in advance and paid for at the cost of the traveller, for a period of 10 days. You must test on days 2 and 8 but cannot test to release on Day 5 as if travelling from a non-Red List country.
For more information and to see a list of current Red List countries, please see here.