New Covid travel rules for Brits abroad coming into force tomorrow

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Fresh UK travel rules are to be imposed tomorrow, bringing changes to Covid test requirements and self-isolation rules.

The UK government disclosed the latest update to travel rules, which will have an impact on both fully jabbed and unvaccinated Brits returning from trips abroad.

The new changes will be enforced from 4am tomorrow (February 11), which is the perfect timing for British families going to popular half-term holiday destinations including Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey and more.

Of course each holiday hotspot has its own entry rules to follow – we’ve rounded up the latest updates here to make life easier – so always check the Foreign Office travel advice for your chosen destination before booking a trip.

In the meantime we take a look at what’s changing for UK arrivals from tomorrow depending on your vaccination status.

Fully vaccinated entails having obtained two doses of a two-dose vaccine.

For the fully vaccinated, they only need to fill out a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before departures for the UK.

According to the GOV UK website: “Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests. Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England.”

For the unvaccinated or those who only have the one dose, they would also need to take a pre-departure Covid test on top of filling out the passenger locator form in the 48 hours before departing for the UK.

From 4am tomorrow, self-isolation is being ditched for returning passengers, as well as day eight Covid tests.

They will still need to have done the pre-departure test, and be required to take a post-arrival test.

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