Good News: Test to Release strategy unveiled
This morning, the UK Government announced their ‘Test to Release for International Travel’ strategy. Full details are available here
The key points are below:
- ‘…from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor listwill have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate.’
- ‘Under the ‘Test to release for international travel’ strategy, passengers arriving into England by plane, ferry or train should
- book their test before they travel;
- must complete a passenger locator form; and
- will still need to self-isolate for 5 days before taking a test – rather than taking it at their port of arrival.’
- ‘Passengers will be able to book a test from a provider on a GOV.UK list before arriving in England. If they choose to book a test, they will need to state this on their passenger locator formprior to arriving and then go straight into self-isolation at home as usual. If they choose to opt in after arrival, they will need to resubmit their passenger locator form.’
- ‘They can then take a test on or after day 5 of the isolation period either at home or at a private provider’s testing site, and on receipt of a negative result, can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following domestic rules.’
- ‘The government has considered the evidence which demonstrates that a test after 5 days of self-isolation provides materially better results than just having a test on arrival, as it allows time for the virus, should it be present, to incubate, helping reduce the risk of a false negative result.’
- ‘Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements(2 weeks).’
- The official government list of approved Covid Test Providers has not yet been published. Once published, a test can then be booked directly with the provider.
- It is optional to take the test.
- The test is a private test that must be paid for.
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