Recent and upcoming changes to Covid rules

Government guidelines continue to be updated as the coronavirus situation develops and more is understood about the latest variant.

Recent changes include:

  • From Tuesday 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 and report the result.
  • From 4am on Sunday 9 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.
  • From Friday 7 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.