UK replaces on-arrival Lateral Flow test with PCR and self-isolation

As part of its steps to try and deal with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the UK Prime Minister has just announced that all arrivals to the UK will have to take a PCR test within the first two days of arrival and self-isolate whilst they await the results.

Arriving back to the UK next week means that I have just booked a test on arrival, despite already having purchased and paid for a lateral flow test before I left.

This is designed to catch people with the new variant and so allow the UK Track and Trace system to contact them and their contacts, to self-isolate.

Apparently use of masks is also being stepped up on transport and in shops.


  1. Red light! Green light! Red light!….why even bother with the UK. The potential to tie up/lose thousands of dollars at a moments notice is just too great. They want to burn their economy to the ground….let them.

  2. Does that mean I dont have to order a lateral flow test now before I depart for England . I just order a Pcr test instead ?????

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