UK Arrivals Travel Update-revised
The UK Government announced today that all travel corridors were being suspended from 4AM on Monday 18th January.
•Mandatory pre-departure testing for international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, will come into effect from from this date. All persons arriving in England at, or after 0400 GMT on 18 January (excluding children under 11 and limited others), will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hrs before departure and will need to self isolate for 10 days. A choice of a further test at day 5 may shorten this isolation period.
•You may be refused boarding by your airline or fined when you reach the UK if you do not have a negative test result.
•You are responsible for ensuring that you find a test provider who meets the standards set out on GOV.UK. Please note that the UK Government is unable to assist in either securing tests, or expediting the return of results. Detailed guidance on the types of test accepted, and how passengers can follow the new rules can be found here:
• Information on accessing tests in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean are detailed below:
🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda: Mount St John’s Medical Centre conduct analysis of RT-PCR tests in Antigua and Barbuda. Tests can be organised directly with Mount St John’s following the instructions here: or via any licensed medical practitioner, some of which are listed here: ]. Where possible you should start making arrangements for testing at least seven days before travel. To date Virgin airlines and British Airways have not amended their travel schedules to and from Antigua & Barbuda, but you should independently check the status of your flight.
🇧🇧 Barbados: travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities by calling 1246 628-4150 or emailing email@example.com. For further info on testing visit:
🇩🇲 Dominica: travellers should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities by consulting a District Medical Officer at a district clinic and then calling 1767 611-3905.
Further details can be found here:
🇬🇩 Grenada: update to follow
🇰🇳 St Kitts and Nevis: Travellers staying in hotels should inform the front desk, who will arrange testing on site. Travellers not in hotels can arrange testing by calling 1869 467-1273 or by visiting the Health Centre in Basseterre or by consulting a government-approved doctor.
🇱🇨 St Lucia: update to follow
🇻🇨 St Vincent and the Grenadines: official guidance on how to obtain a pre-departure test can be found on the SVG government’s official ‘COVID-19 Protocols Documents’ page, linked here:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Pre-departure testing for international arrivals to England came into effect from 15 January 2021.