22 October update

Before you fly from the UK

Depending on the rules of your destination, you may need to take a PCR test before leaving the UK. You can search for your destination on the official government website.

Travelling from a non-Red list country

If you are double-vaccinated (that is you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival back in England) or between 5 and 17 years old, regardless of your vaccination status, you need to book and pay for Day 2 Tests before returning to England. (Children 4 and under do not need any tests.)

The latest government regulations now allow the Day 2 Tests in this scenario to be Antigen Lateral Flow Tests – which can also be purchased from HALO – or PCR tests. PCR Tests are safer and more reliable than Antigen Lateral Flow Tests because they are able to identify newly infected people more certainly – before they become symptomatic and before they become infectious to others. Click here for more information on the difference between PCR Tests and Antigen Lateral Flow Tests.

If you are not double-vaccinated (that is you have not had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arrival back in England) you need to quarantine at home for 10 days and take Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests. (You cannot choose Antigen Lateral Flow Tests if you are not double-vaccinated.)

Or you can choose to book and pay for a PCR test on Day 5 (known as “test to release”). If the result is negative (and the result of your Day 2 test was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. You must still book and take your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.

Don’t forget, if you are not double-vaccinated you must also have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel back to England. The HALO service only operates in the UK, so you will need to book this separately in the country you’re travelling to.

All travellers must complete a passenger locator form.

Travelling from a Red List country

Everyone needs to book a managed quarantine hotel within a 14-day period before arrival. The booking will include your hotel, quarantine transport and COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine. NOTE: You cannot purchase these tests from HALO.

Please note: the above guidelines relate to England only. The government’s travel regulations may differ in Scotland and Wales. HALO is not available in Northern Ireland or outside the UK. 

Our travel advice is intended as a guide only – rules change frequently and it is your responsibility to ensure the advice we have provided is still relevant at the time of travel. HALO cannot be held responsible for any changes to this advice. Please check government guidelines

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