Omicron variant: ‘Return to UK’ antigen tests

The latest revision to foreign travel rules sees the reintroduction of ‘return to UK’ antigen tests and PCR tests.

Effective from 7 December 2021, travellers coming to the UK will be required to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test. The test must be taken no more than 2 days before the start of the journey and could either be a PCR test or the cheaper antigen tests (lateral flow tests).

This rule will apply to everyone over the age of 12 years, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

This government update comes as a response to the increasing number of confirmed cases caused by the new Omicron variant. In addition to this travel restriction, the African nation Nigeria is the latest to be placed on the UK government’s travel red list.

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‘Return to UK’ antigen tests made easy

While PCR tests are recognized as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to COVID-19 testing, the lateral flow tests are cheaper and more practical, considering the limited time window.

Furthermore, VIVO Clinic’s antigen tests service guarantees the most affordable option on top of a premium ‘fit to fly’ service.

You can simply order the ‘return to UK’ antigen test kits online before setting off on your journey abroad. The postal antigen kits will be delivered via first-class, signed for mail service the next day.

The antigen test kits are very conveniently portable, so you can take multiple kits with you on your travels.

Two days before your scheduled return to the UK, you can simply take the test and upload your result to our secure web portal. You will receive the verified results documents via email within 24 hours.

Moreover, when using the antigen tests from VIVO Clinic to fly back to the UK, you can rest assured that the tests exceed the minimum performance standards set by the UK government.

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Omicron variant and current travel rules

While the full extent of danger the Omicron variant poses is yet unknown, the UK government is continually revising foreign travel rules and taking steps to limit further contagion.

Currently, everyone returning to the UK from non-red list countries is required to take Day 2 PCR tests on arrival in the UK. This applies to all arrivals regardless of vaccination status.

Moreover, returnees and international arrivals must quarantine at home until a negative result is attained from the Day 2 tests.

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