The Fitzrovia Partnership is a Business Improvement District representing businesses in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia.

Telephone: 020 3146 4260

11 -13 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HD

Travel rule changes regarding PCR tests and all arrivals

From 7 January everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test for coroanvirus, taken within 2 days of travelling to the UK, as rules to limit the spread of Omicron variant take effect.

New travel guidance for inbound flights to the UK

Due to the new variant, and several African countries were added to the red list. Anyone arriving from a red list country must isolate in a quarantine hotel and cover their own costs.

Changes were also made to testing requirements for all arrivals into the UK from any destination

All arrivals must self-isolate immediately, and take a PCR test on or before the 2nd day since arrival, and cannot leave self-isolation until they receive a negative test.

When to take tests- Rapid lateral flow and PCR test

When to take a PCR test
For those who have arrived from travelling abroad or anyone displaying Covid-19 symptoms, it is advised to take a PCR test, which differs to the later flow test. PCR tests need to be ordered from private providers.
Order a PCR test

When to take a rapid lateral flow test
It is advised that everyone, with no covid-19 symptoms, take a lateral flow test at home, at least twice a week. They are quick and don’t need to be sent to a lab.
With the Christmas party season here, we advise everyone to regularly test themselves. Before a Christmas party or large gathering like a carol concert, take a lateral flow test before you go, and if you are visiting a high-risk person.
Order your rapid lateral flow kit