The UK Home Office recently announced that starting 11 February 2022, fully vaccinated travelers entering England (including holders of the UK Spouse Visa and UK Fiancée Visa) will not be required to take a COVID-19 test anymore and will likewise not be obligated to quarantine themselves upon arrival.
ECO-Friendly would like to stress that this policy will be effective starting only on 4:00 am on 11th February 2021. This means that from today until 3:59am of February 11, the present rules shall still apply.
Under the current rule (according to the UKVI website), the following rule applies:
Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
• book and pay for a COVID-19 test – to be taken after you arrive in England
• complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
You will need to enter the booking reference for your COVID-19 test in the UK passenger locator form.
If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a COVID-19 test to take after you arrive.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
You do not need to quarantine when you arrive in England.
You must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.
If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.
Thus, if a UK Spouse Visa holder or a UK Fiancée Visa holder enters the UK from today until the 3:59 am of the 11th of February, the abovementioned steps (taken from the UKVI website) must be followed by the traveller from the Philippines.
But if the Filipina holder of the UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa flies to and enters the UK from 4:00 am on the 11th of February, they shall not be required to book and pay for the COVID 19 test but merely need to complete the passenger locator form.
FOR THOSE NOT FULLY VACCINATED
The UK website added that for those not fully vaccinated, the traveler needs to, “show proof of a negative COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to England; and book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England. The traveler will need to book the PCR test before you travel.”
The applicant need not quarantine, unless the PCR test result is positive.
In all of the above cases, whenever a UK Spouse Visa or UK Fiancée Visa enters the UK, they need to complete a passenger locator form.
According to the UK website, "The changes announced on 24 January 2022 mean that the UK has one of the most free-flowing borders across Europe in addition to having the most open economy and society.
"The simplification of travel rules comes just before half term, providing welcome news for families looking to travel abroad during the school holidays, as well as an extra boost for the tourism industry.
"Thanks to the success of the UK’s vaccine and booster rollout, the government is now able to reduce the number of travel restrictions, ensuring there is a more proportionate system in place for passengers. Before the end of February, eligible fully vaccinated travelers will only need to fill out the passenger locator form (PLF), which will be simplified, confirming their vaccination status, travel history and contact details, and people will have an extra day to fill it out before travelling," the website said.