News // 14 January 2021

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for All International Inbound Travellers

Governments extend requirements for pre-departure Covid-19 testing to all countries

Both the UK and Irish governments have announced the extension of the requirement for a pre-departure negative/not detected PCR test to passenger arrivals from all countries.

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for the UK and Ireland and the test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Prior to departure passengers will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to their airline, as well as their passenger locator form.

Passengers travelling to Northern Ireland must ensure that they are familiar with the guidance and regulations in place, including the completion of a UK Passenger Locator Form.

Passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form.

There will be a limited number of exemptions, including for hauliers, children under 11, crews and for those who travelling from countries without the infrastructure available to deliver the tests. Further exemptions will be set out on GOV.UK. and GOV.IE

Failure to complete the form could result in the issuing of penalties, including a fine or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Passengers arriving from countries, not on the government’s travel corridor list must self-isolate regardless of their pre-departure test result to provide further robust protection from those travelling from high-risk countries.