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UK Allows Fully Vaccinated EU Travellers to Take Less Expensive COVID-19 Tests Instead of PCR Upon Arrival

British authorities have revealed that fully vaccinated minors and European adults will be able to take a less expensive COVID-19 test instead of a PCR test on arrival, starting Sunday, October 24.

However, instead of a PCR test, they may do a lateral flow test or antigen test before or on the second day of their arrival. Appointments to book such tests will open from October 22, and the change is expected to cut test expenses in time for travelers returning from half-term breaks, reports.

Generally, passengers need to upload the test result picture and reference booking and send it to the private provider to check the result. If the test is positive, the traveler must self-isolate and confirm symptoms with a PCR test, which will be covered by the government.

“Today’s rule changes will make on-arrival testing simpler and cheaper for people across the country who are looking forward to well-earned vacations in the first half of October. Withdrawing the costly mandatory PCR test will boost the travel industry,” said Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps. It is a huge step forward in normalizing international travel and encouraging people to book vacations with confidence.

As previously reported by, European travelers will be allowed to take a pre-departure test and submit it to British authorities via the European Digital COVID-19 Certificate (EUDCC). This means that Europeans with EUDCC can travel freely to the UK.

>> Travel from the EU to the UK: Explaining the rules for COVID-19 digital certificate holders in the EU

Moreover, this applies to those who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccine options approved by the British authorities, which include, among others, Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen. In addition, travelers who have recovered from COVID-19 infection at least 30 days before entering the UK are also allowed to enter the country without being quarantined.

Monday’s press release also reveals that fully vaccinated travelers from the following countries will be eligible to enter the UK without quarantine requirements, as the country has expanded its domestic vaccination policy:

Albania Bahamas Bangladesh Bosnia and Herzegovina Colombia Egypt Ghana Grenada Hong Kong India Jamaica Jordan Kenya Kosovo Maldives Moldova Morocco Nigeria North Macedonia Oman Pakistan Serbia Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Turkey Ukraine Vietnam

On the other hand, the British government also announced that the red list currently consists of only seven countries such as Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela. On the other hand, countries such as Brazil, Chile, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro, Namibia, the Philippines, South Africa and Thailand were removed from the red category.

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