Government Update: 5th January 2022

  • From 4am on 7 January you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive. Take a rapid lateral flow test on or before day 2 after you arrive and if it’s positive you must take a PCR test.

  • From 11 January if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.

Government Update: 22nd December 2021 

From today, new guidance enables the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be reduced to 7 days, in most cases.

For further information, please visit the government website here.

Government Update: 12th December 2021 

  • From 13 December people aged 30 or over can pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second dose.

  • From 14 December fully vaccinated contacts of someone with COVID-19 should take rapid lateral flow tests every day for 7 days. If you test positive or develop symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 10 days.

  • From 15 December people aged 18 or over will be able to pre-book a booster dose appointment 2 months after their second dose. You can get your booster dose 3 months after your second dose.

The government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant:
8th December 2021

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.

  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.

  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

Measures against Omicron variant come into effect: 30 November 2021

  • Face coverings are compulsory in shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so. All hospitality settings are exempt.

  • All international arrivals must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. The PCR tests are available online from private providers.

  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

  • If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate if you are not fully vaccinated or if they have been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Targeted measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant take effect from 4am Tuesday 30 November.

They will be introduced as a precaution while more information is gathered and assessed on the variant’s transmissibility and any possible effect on our vaccines.

Vaccines continue to remain our best line of defence, and all adults who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine, or those who are eligible for their booster are encouraged to come forward to help protect themselves and others.