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New rules for travelling to the UK from 7 Dec 2021

AlexPosted by Alex on Tue Dec 7, 2021 7:01pm in Coronavirus discussion
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Before departure to the UK: All travellers to the UK aged 12 and over have to show proof of a negative test, even if they are fully vaccinated.

This can be a PCR or a lateral flow test, and must be taken in the two days before departure for the UK.

You'll need to find a private test provider for this - free NHS lateral flow kits are not allowed.

The test can be taken either in the country where you start your journey, or in another country en route to the UK (for instance if you're travelling overland).

If you test positive, you should follow local rules in place in the country you're in, and do not travel to the UK.

After arriving in the UK, you have two days to take another test - which must be a PCR.

This must be booked before you travel, and bought privately from a government-approved list of providers.

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While you are waiting for a result, you must self-isolate - whether or not you have been vaccinated. You can stop self-isolating if your test is negative.

Everyone aged five and over (11 and over in Scotland) must take these tests.

In addition, all travellers coming to the UK must fill in and submit an online passenger locator form no more than 48 hours before arriving - even if they are just passing through the UK.

The testing rules do not apply to travellers from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (unless they have been in another country in the 10 days before departure for the UK).

You can read more information on the following link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52544307


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Posted: Wed Dec 8, 2021 6:26pm

Hello very helpful thank you. Might be a silly question but is an antigen test accepted where pcr is stated? I’ve looked online for 2 day test after arriving in UK and most of them state day 2 antigen test.

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Posted: Wed Dec 8, 2021 7:25pm

Trishetta wrote on Wed Dec 8, 2021 6:26pm:

Hello very helpful thank you. Might be a silly question but is an antigen test accepted where pcr is stated? I’ve looked online for 2 day test after arriving in UK and most of them state day 2 antigen test.

Hi Trishetta,

For travel from Spain to England, you need either a PCR or a Lateral Flow test, taken within 48 hours of your departure from Spain, which includes a ´fit to fly´certificate.  Your Day 2 test, to be taken within 72 hours after arrival in the UK, must be a PCR test:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-to-england-from-another-country-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 7:39pm

I am flying to England on 21st December.  Unfortunately I never found out that booster jabs for the over 70's were now available until too late to arrange for one in Guadamar before I leave for England.  I only wish that there were safe, reliable places I could check to find out such rapidly changing details from the Spanish Health Authorities.  I tried the private clinic in La Marina this morning but they are unable to give booster jabs.

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Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:18pm

If your  registered salud is Guardamar have they not got any booster appointments in the next couple of days? 

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Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:01pm

GrahamLynn wrote on Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:18pm:

If your  registered salud is Guardamar have they not got any booster appointments in the next couple of days? 

Lynn

I am registered at the national health  centre at the La Marina Clinic next to the old police station and have been told both there and also when I went to also ask at the Guadamar clinic, that no slots were available before the 21st.  I will just have to be as careful as possible when  in England over Christmas to keep myself as safe as I can.  I also went this morning to the private clinic here on La Marina but they cannot give the booster injection.  Incidentally the private doctor was not at the private clinic when I went to enquire as she was off getting her booster jab!!

My friend who lives in Elche gets text messages to let her know when the flue jabs etc are available but we here on La Marina have to rely on finding out these things by word of mouth from friends.

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We’re booked to fly to France on 29th. Acequion health centre gave me an appointment for the 27th.  The receptionist insisted there were no Pfizer vaccines available for an earlier appointment.  He gave my husband an appointment for a Moderna booster on the 10th.  I accompanied him and asked the nurse if I too could have a booster moderna, showing our flight tickets and told her France say it’s necessary a week before travel.  She took my SIP and called me in 5 mins later to give me a Pfizer booster.  Proves that one needs to talk to the organ grinder…

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Purple gran wrote on Wed Dec 15, 2021 7:20pm:

We’re booked to fly to France on 29th. Acequion health centre gave me an appointment for the 27th.  The receptionist insisted there were no Pfizer vaccines available for an earlier appointment.  He gave my husband an appointment for a Moderna booster on the 10th.  I accompanied h...

...im and asked the nurse if I too could have a booster moderna, showing our flight tickets and told her France say it’s necessary a week before travel.  She took my SIP and called me in 5 mins later to give me a Pfizer booster.  Proves that one needs to talk to the organ grinder…

One of my sons is trying to arrange a booster jab in England for me but is having problems on line because I only have my English National Insurance number and apparently everyone in England has a health insurance number which I have never heard of and which you have to quote to get the jab.

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Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:54pm

If you have an old repeat prescription slip from the U.K., it will have your NHS number on it.  Years ago the number was on our birth certificates, but progress changed that.  Depending how long it is since you were registered with a U.K. GP, a call to the surgery might elicit it, if you’re on their computer records.  Otherwise you could email [email protected] and they may be able to provide it, or tell you how to find it.

If you’re registered here for healthcare with an S1, then the U.K. pays for your healthcare anyway, so I see no reason for you not to receive your booster there.  If not, then you could run into problems 

Good luck, E.

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