This week feels somewhat like going back in time when it comes to travel testing in the UK; not only have post-arrival “day two” tests been swapped from lateral flows back to PCRs, but pre-departure tests have returned for vaccinated travellers.
The surprise move by the government (who had previously offered reassurance that pre-departure testing wouldn’t be making a return to protect the travel industry) left many Brits scrambling to get tested before they returned to UK after the 4am deadline on 7 December, from when the new/old rules kicked in.
Confusion still reigns, however, as to the exact timeframe in which Britain-bound travellers must complete their Covid test – 48 hours, two days and three days have all made their way onto official literature.
Meanwhile, more countries are being added to the red list on a semi-regular basis: Nigeria is the latest victim, and arrivals from there must henceforth pay to spent 11 nights in a designated quarantine hotel.
So what do all these constant changes mean for travel – are you still safe to go on a Christmas break, and what hoops will you need to jump through upon your return to the UK?
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