Info for U.S. citizens going to England (from any ‘amber’ country)

Not all American citizens go directly from the US to England… we’re going there after a few weeks in France and Italy. If you were vaccinated in the US and are going to London anytime soon (from home or abroad) take note of this current info from the UK government. It includes any necessary links. We hope it’s helpful. This will all be behind us soon!

UK info for arriving travelers:

Before you travel to England you must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test (“pre-departure test.”) You must do this even if you’ve been fully vaccinated. You could be fined £500 if you arrive in England without proof of a negative COVID-19 “pre-departure test.” 

Rules if you’re fully vaccinated:

If you’re coming to England from an amber list country and have been fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 pre-departure test AS WELL AS a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England. Your arrival day is counted as day “0.” You do not have to quarantine.

Proving you’ve been fully vaccinated: You’ll need to show your travel operator and border control proof you’ve been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine. You’ll also need to confirm that you’ve been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form. US Citizens must show their CDC card proving the full course of an FDA-approved vaccination along with proof of residency, such as a US passport. 

Booking your Day 2 test: You must book and pay for a day 2 test before you travel. Make sure you leave enough time for it to be delivered to your address in England. (You could be fined if you do not take the required test.)  It does not matter how long you’re visiting England, you must still book and pay for the Day 2 test.  You must then put the booking reference number into your passenger locator form.

If your Day 2 test is positive, you must quarantine. Even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you must quarantine for 10 days.  You must travel directly to the place you’re staying. And not leave until 10 more days have passed. If you’re traveling to England for less than 10 days, you will need to quarantine for the whole of your stay. In this event, you must still book your day 2 and day 8 travel tests, even if you will no longer be in England on the dates of the tests!

[Test to Release clause: You can end your quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme – you’ll find details below in the ‘Ending quarantine’ section.]

     -You must quarantine at the address you provided on the passenger locator form. This can include a hotel or other temporary accommodation. Amber list arrivals (like Italy, France, & US) cannot quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel – these are for red list arrivals only. You must quarantine in one place for the full quarantine period, where you can have food and other necessities delivered.

    -Unless you’re at risk of harm, you cannot leave the premises where you’re in quarantine. You must not go shopping. If you need help buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, you should ask for help from NHS Volunteer Responders.

Getting or posting your UK tests: You can leave to go and take your Day 2 and Day 8 tests.  (or to post them for delivery in a Royal Priority street mailbox. (This is for self-administered tests that you may have purchased here or brought with you.)

What to do if you get COVID-19 symptoms: You should order a test if you develop at least one of these 3 COVID-19 symptoms: high temperature, continuous cough, loss of smell or taste.  (The people you’re staying with do not need to quarantine, unless they traveled with you.

Ending quarantine: If you’ve quarantined for 10 full days and received a negative result to both your day 2 and day 8 tests, you may leave the place where you’re quarantining.

Make sure you’re following quarantine rules: While you quarantine, NHS Test and Trace will contact you daily to confirm you’re following quarantine rules. You may also be visited by staff carrying out in-person checks on behalf of Test and Trace to make sure you’re complying with your legal duty to quarantine. Read more about the checks carried out to make sure you’re following quarantine rules. If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

Changing the place where you’re quarantining: You are not allowed to change the place where you’re quarantining except in very limited circumstances, including where it’s necessary and permissible for you to stay overnight at accommodation before traveling to the place where you will be quarantining for the remaining period. If this happens, you must provide full details of each address where you will quarantine on the passenger locator form. If, in exceptional circumstances, you cannot remain where you’re staying, you can move to a new place to quarantine and you must complete a new passenger locator form as soon as possible.

Ending quarantine early using ‘Test to Release’ Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test was negative or inconclusive), you can end your quarantine!  You must still book and take your mandatory day 2 and day 8 travel tests, even if your ‘Test to Release’ result is negative. (The Day 8 testing can be skipped if you have left the UK.) Find out more about “Test to Release”  ßincluding providers offering this special test.

Quarantining can be difficult… NHS Volunteer Responders are available if you need help with shopping or medication, or if you’d just like a friendly chat.  Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange support. You can arrange one-off support, or schedule more regular help while you’re quarantining.

Circumstances not covered by this guidance: If you’re intending to travel to the UK in the next week and are facing a set of circumstances that are not covered by this guidance, email your enquiry to:

dhsctesttrace.customerfeedbackteam@nhs.net.  (Be sure to include your date of travel.)

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