United Kingdom travel requirements – 2022

The rules regarding international travel have, in the recent past, changed at short notice.
We will keep this page up to date with any developments so that you always have the most recent information.
(These rules apply to England only and are valid from 11th February until further notice – Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland may have different rules so please check)
At 4am on 11th February 2022, the UK introduced some more relaxed travel requirements. We have summarised the most important travel requirements below:

According to the UK government website, travellers who can prove that they are fully vaccinated by the UK vaccination programme will no longer need a pre or post travel test. A valid EU Digital Covid Certificate is also deemed to be acceptable. We have summarised some of the specifics below:

  1. The part of the UK gov website which applies to travelling to England specifies that – To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine. It makes no mention of having had a booster dose, so the only criteria would appear to be that 14 days have elapsed since the day after your final does. You can prove your vaccination status using the NHS COVID Pass or if you were vaccinated in an EU country, the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
    If you cannot use the NHS COVID Pass app, you can get a letter by calling 119, but do allow 5 days to receive this letter. You will most likely already have this with you as you will need it to get into Greece.
    There are some exemptions which you you can see here.
  2. Unlike Greece, England will not accept a recovery certificate to enter the country – Proof of natural immunity will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
  3. If you are unvaccinated, then the situation is as follows: You must complete a pre travel test at a local lab no more than 2 days before you travel. You must also book and pay for a day 2 PCR test which must be completed when you get to the UK (easier to book before you leave home and have delivered to your home address – but please remember to take you booking confirmation email away with you as you will need this for the PLF).

These requirements apply to everyone over 5 years old without exception.

***The requirement to complete a pre-travel PLF has been removed for all travellers.***

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