Changes to Covid testing

Two announcements were made today to change Covid testing.

First, from Tuesday 11th January, Covid testing rules are to be eased for people without symptoms. They will no longer need to confirm a positive lateral flow test with a PCR test.

Anyone who tests positive will be able to leave self-isolation seven days after the date of their initial positive test if they receive two negative lateral flow test results, 24 hours apart, on days six and seven.

Second, double-vaccinated passengers will no longer have to take pre-departure Covid tests in England from 4 am on Friday. They will also not be required to self-isolate while awaiting test results after arriving in England. After 4 am on Sunday, arrivals without symptoms will not need a PCR test if a lateral flow test is positive on day two.


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