Service Updates: Tuesday 7th December

21:40: If your test kit was due to be delivered today but you haven’t received it, please check your email inbox for further information from us explaining how we are responding to our delayed service by expediting a test kit to you. We apologise for any inconvenience this delay has caused.

13:00: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries due to the latest travel testing updates. We are working extremely hard to respond to everyone’s questions. Thank you for your patience. Please read the information below as it may answer your query.

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Latest Travel Updates:

On 4th December, the UK Government announced the latest travel updates that will come into effect this week. From 4am on Tuesday, 7th December, all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen Covid-19 test before they travel to the UK from abroad. The test must be taken within the 2 days before you travel to the UK. This testing update applies to all travellers – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – travelling to all four nations of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Vaccinated Travellers: before travelling to the UK 

If you’re fully vaccinated, before you travel to the UK you must:

  • Book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK 
  • From 4am Tuesday, 7th Dec, you must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to the UK. Order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test and take it abroad with you to test yourself before returning to the UK

Vaccinated Travellers: after arriving in the UK

After you arrive in the UK you must:

  • Take a Day 2 PCR test – you can take this test as soon as you arrive on day 0 up until the end of day 2
  • You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test results 
  • If your result is negative, you can end your quarantine
  • If you result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to the UK, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers
  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

Other groups that can follow fully vaccinated rules:

Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are:

  • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials), or a phase 2 or 3 vaccine trial that is regulated by the EMA or SRA
  • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in the UK

Unvaccinated Travellers: before travelling to the UK

If you are not fully vaccinated, before you travel to the UK you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test 3 days before you travel to the UK (From 4am Tuesday, 7th Dec, you must take a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen COVID-19 test within the 2 days before you travel to the UK)
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 & 8 PCR tests – to be taken after you arrive in the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK 

Unvaccinated Travellers: after arriving in the UK

After you arrive in the UK you must:

  • You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying for 10 full days 
  • Take Day 2 and 8 PCR tests. You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8
  • If your result is negative, you can end your quarantine
  • If you result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0

If the test result is positive:

  • If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0
  • You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test
  • If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0

If the test result is negative:

  • If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine
  • You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8
  • If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:
  • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in the UK
  • when you receive the day 8 test result

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Day 5 PCR COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Travelling with children

  • Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests
  • From 4am, 7 December children aged 12 to 17 must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test within the 2 days before travel to the UK
  • Children aged 5 to 17 have to follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in the UK
  • This means that they have to quarantine on arrival and take a Day 2 PCR test on or before day 2

Does the latest travel update affect all countries in the UK?

Yes, pre-departure Covid-19 tests taken within 2 days before travelling to the UK are required by all four nations – England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland. 

I’m already abroad, can I order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen to where I’m staying?

No, unfortunately, we do not ship internationally. You will need to find a local testing provider in the country you are in. 

Can I use the Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test if I’m travelling from a red list country?

Yes, you can order a Remote Lateral Flow Antigen test kit to take abroad with you to anywhere in the world. However, you will not be able to purchase any other arrival tests. You must follow the UK Government guidelines for Red List countries

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What are the Latest Travel Requirements for the USA?

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is shortening the testing window for all international air travellers travelling to the USA. Until tomorrow, vaccinated travellers have been allowed to take a pre-departure test 3 days before travel. However, from Monday, 6th December, all travellers will now have to take a pre-departure Lateral Flow Antigen test with Telehealth observation no more than one day before travelling to the USA.

If you are travelling to the USA after Monday 6th December, and have bought a Lateral Flow Antigen test with Telehealth from Project Screen by Prenetics, you’ll need to ensure your Telehealth appointment is no more than one day before your flight. If you need to update your Telehealth appointment time, please navigate to your Order Confirmation email and click on the green button to select a new date and time for your appointment.

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What are the Latest Travel Requirements for France?

From yesterday, 4th December, fully vaccinated travellers (aged 12 years or over) travelling from outside the European Union must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from either a PCR or Lateral Flow Antigen test. Tests must be taken no more than 48 hours before travel for vaccinated travellers and no more than 24 hours before travel for those who are not fully vaccinated. Self-administered tests are not acceptable – you cannot use a Project Screen test to travel to France.

The UK is currently on France’s amber list. Please see the section below on all the requirements for travelling to France from an amber country.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:

  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
  • proof of vaccination status
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours before departure (PCR or antigen)

Unvaccinated (or not fully vaccinated) arrivals in France from countries on the French amber list will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on France’s amber list.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will need to present the following documents:

  • a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website.
  • arrivals from the UK aged 12 years old or over are required to present evidence of a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken within 24 hours of departure (first flight departure in case of connecting flight). For unvaccinated arrivals from other non-EU countries, the pre departure testing window may vary. Please check this page for further information. Self-administered tests are not accepted.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

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As we learn more information, we will continue to update this blog to provide you with the latest information. 

Stay safe.