Grace period, exemptions for pre-departure COVID test for travelling to England
Following the introduction of mandatory pre-departure testing for all passengers to England from Friday, January 15, the Department for Transport has confirmed that a grace period is in place until Monday, January 18.
A media statement from the British High Commission today said this will affect travellers whose journey originates in Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Passengers from these countries arriving in England before Monday morning will be allowed entry without a negative COVID-19 test.
Exemptions are still in place until Thursday, January 21, to help travellers in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Lucia return to England without a negative COVID-19 test.
This decision reflects current infrastructure challenges in these countries, including limited COVID-19 testing capacity and heightened demand for tests, according to the statement.
All travellers must still complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival into England. (PR)