VSbulletin COVID-19 UK Arrivals Testing Delayed to Mon 18 Jan

  • 14 January 2021
  • News
  • Virgin Atlantic

The UK Government has announced that testing for UK arrivals has been pushed back to 04:00 GMT on Monday 18 January. Travellers will need a negative Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of departure. This is required for all inbound passengers to England, including UK nationals. The Government announcement and further details can be found here.

The new rule will come into effect later for Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia – at 0400 GMT on Thursday 21 January – to allow additional time due to limited testing infrastructure in those countries.

We will be incorporating this into our pre-departure communications to customers so they are aware of the mandatory requirement. Please ensure the latest traveller contact information is available within the booking so the latest instructions reach the traveller.

We encourage agents and travellers to regularly check here fand stay up to date. As more information becomes available, we will keep this site updated with the full details and FAQs.

Stay Current on Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements
Many of the countries we fly to and from have put strict entry requirements in place. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and people is always our top priority, and we continue to follow the advice of the UK Government and international health organisations.

While we are constantly reviewing the information available to us, which is available here , please make sure you and your customers stay up to date by visiting the relevant government's website for the very latest travel updates and advice. It's really important to check the latest travel restrictions in place at the destination before going to the airport, including eligibility for entry and screening. If travellers do not meet the requirements, they may not be allowed to fly.

Please ensure the latest traveller contact information is available within the booking so the latest instructions reach the traveller via SMS and email.

USA Arrivals Testing
From 28th December, The US Government is requiring all UK arriving air travellers, including children 2 and over, to present evidence of a PCR, LAMP or antigen test taken within 72 hours before departure. See: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement and Customer FAQ here: CDC UK Covid-19 Testing FAQs

Flexibility Policy
We continue to offer flexibility for customers whose plans have been impacted by the Covid-19 situation including rebooking up to 31 December 2022. View our latest policy here.

Still Planning to Travel?
We will continue to provide vital international connectivity from/to London Heathrow Terminal 2 for customers that are permitted to travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and if that’s the case, we’re here and ready to help your customers fly safe and fly well. Please check  here for specific flight status.  

Travellers Stuck Away from Home?
For customers who are mid-trip and away from home please check here for instructions. 

Fly safe, fly well

Join the flightstore crew and become a partner today