UK COVID 19 Restrictions for Business Aviation Operating Crew & Pax

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UPDATE: COVID Testing Policy –

  • Effective Jan. 7 – Pre-arrival testing is not required for fully-vaccinated travelers. Read details online. All passengers must take a PCR test (not lateral flow) on or before day 2 of arrival into the UK and self-isolate until the results are known. Our Universal Aviation FBOs at London-Stansted and London-Northolt can arrange for your PCR testing to be done on arrival, with results back to you in just 6 hours…so very minimal self-isolation time.
  • COVID Testing Policy – Effective Jan. 9 – For fully-vaccinated travelers, a PCR test OR lateral flow test can be used for the post-arrival testing mentioned above. Read details online.
  • COVID Testing Policy – Effective Jan. 11 – It’s being reported that, effective Jan 11, asymptomatic travelers who get a positive lateral flow test result will no longer need to confirm that result with a PCR test.

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UK Traffic Light System

The current traffic light list can be found accessing the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#red-list.

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Only citizens of the UK and Ireland, as well as permanent residents of the UK, will be allowed to enter from Red countries. If you need to follow red list rules, you must do so if you are fully vaccinated or not.

There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.


Passenger Restrictions

Entry requirements for fully-vaccinated passengers

From 4 am on the 7th January, if you have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days:

You Must:

  • From 04:00 UTC Friday 07 January 2022, passengers arriving in the United Kingdom who are fully vaccinated or otherwise meet the eligibility criteria, will no longer be required to provide a Pre-Departure Test (PDT).
  • Passengers with the vaccine status “Verified Full/Exempt” or “Declared Full/Exempt” on their Passenger Locator Form (PLF) do not need to provide evidence of a negative PDT. Passengers with the vaccine status “Declared Full/Exempt” must show evidence of their eligibility to be treated as fully vaccinated. Passengers with the vaccine status “No/Not Declared” must show evidence of a negative PDT.
  • Passengers who are fully vaccinated or otherwise meet the eligibility criteria arriving after 04:00 UTC Friday 07 January 2022 will no longer be required to self-isolate until the result of the test taken on or before day 2 is known.
  • From 04:00 UTC Sunday 09 January 2022, passengers who are fully vaccinated or otherwise meet the eligibility criteria may use a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test as their day 2 test which must be arranged prior to travel with a reference number that must be added to the Passenger locator form. These tests will become available to book from Friday 07 January.
  • If such passengers take an LFD and the result is positive, they must take a (free) confirmatory PCR test.

If you are fully vaccinated, but do not qualify under these fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules.


Entry requirements for non fully-vaccinated passengers

From 4am on the 7th December, you must follow these rules if you:

  • do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules
  • are partially vaccinated
  • are not vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

  • take a pre-departure COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Passengers Arriving from a Red List Country

Note: There are currently no countries on the Red List.

Applies if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. International visitors who have visited or transited through any red list country in the previous 10 days will be refused entry into England. Only British and Irish citizens, or those with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter and they must stay in a government approved quarantine facility for 10 days which has to be booked prior to travel.

The current red list can be found using the following link – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-forentering-england

For British or Irish Nationals, or you have residence rights in the UK, please follow the rules below; Before you travel to England:

  • Take a COVID-19 test – you must take the test in the 3 days before you travel to England
  • Book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests
  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • When you arrive, you must quarantine in a managed hotelCrew requirements

Crew Restrictions

From 4am on the 7th December 2021, The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.

Entry requirements for fully-vaccinated crew

Before you travel to England:

  • You do not need to complete a passenger locator form.
  • You do not need to take a Covid test before travel

After you arrive in England:

  •  You must take a lateral flow device (LFD) test on or before day 2. If you are travelling internationally on a daily basis, you need to take an LFD test every 3 days.
  • You do not need to quarantine

The current guidance for crew operating in the UK can be found with accessing the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules.


Entry requirements for non fully-vaccinated crew

Before you travel to England:

  • You do not need to complete a passenger locator form.

After you arrive in England:

  • If you live overseas you must quarantine in the place you are staying while in England, except while you are undertaking the exempt activity or travelling as part of your work
  • You must take a lateral flow device (LFD) test on or before day 2. If you are travelling internationally on a daily basis, you need to take an LFD test every 3 days.
  • If you are in England for longer than 2 days, you need to take a mandatory workplace, lateral flow device (LFD) test on or before days 2, 5 and 8 after arrival.

Crew Arriving from a Red List Country

Note: There are currently no countries on the Red List.

  • Applies if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
  • You do not need to quarantine or quarantine in a government-approved hotel and take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8.
  • If you live in the UK, you do not need to quarantine. If you do not live in the UK, you must quarantine in the place you are staying, except while you are undertaking the exempt activity or travelling as part of your work.
  • If you are in England for longer than 2 days, you need to take a mandatory workplace, community or home lateral flow device (LFD) test on or before days 2, 5 and 8 after arrival.
  • If you are travelling every day, you must take a lateral flow test at least once every 3 days.

UK COVID Health Passes for indoor venues

health pass

From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster, but this will be kept under review), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an NHS Test and Trace email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.

Find out more about using the NHS Covid Pass.


London-Northolt expanded operating hours

Universal Aviation Northolt RAF Northolt Airport in London has extended its M-F operating hours by three hours to 0800-2000L. This is a big deal because as the closest GA-accessible to central London, as well as the closest airport to Heathrow, these longer hours make it a much better option for international operators. Universal Aviation Northolt worked hard to make this happen.


UK-APD payments

Don’t miss your UK-APD payments – Passenger flights out of the UK are subject to Air Passenger Duty (UK-APD) payments, and many operators forget to pay these within the 7-day deadline. Since we have a local office, we can monitor and manage any payments owed on your behalf. Just send a request to our Global Regulatory Team to get started. It’s a fast and easy setup process.


UK-ETS

A new emissions reporting scheme now applies as a result of Brexit – UK-ETS. If you need help with your UK-ETS monitoring and reporting, we can make this easy for you. Contact our Global Regulatory team directly.


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