Written Statement: International Travel Changes

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services statement 5 January 2022.

“Due to the ongoing risks of coronavirus, including the recent and rapid emergence of the omicron variant, we continue to advise against all but essential international travel at this time.

Just a few weeks after its notification to the World Health Organisation, omicron has spread around the world and is now the dominant form of the virus in the UK. 

In line with decisions being taken elsewhere in the UK, I have today reluctantly agreed to remove the requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and under 18s to take a pre departure test (PDT) and a day 2 PCR test when arriving in the UK.  

All fully vaccinated travellers will need to take an LFD test at day 2 and, if positive, a follow-up PCR test to enable genomic sequencing to be carried out. The requirement to self-isolate until a negative test has been received has also been removed.  

The requirements for non-vaccinated travellers remain unchanged. 

These changes will begin to come into force from 4am on Friday 7 January 2022. Lateral flow tests will be accepted as post-arrival tests from 4am on Sunday 9 January 2022.”

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