We want to holiday with our 2 kids, both are under 11. Do they need PCR test?

Q&A: We want to take a holiday with our two kids this summer. Both are under 11 (4 and 8 years old). Do they need a pre-departure PCR test to return back to the UK?

All travellers will need to show a negative test taken no more than three days before entering the UK. This could be a PCR test, loop-mediated amplification (lamp) or lateral-flow test.

Details can be found at gov.uk.

However, children under 11 are currently exempt from having to take a PCR test before returning to the UK.

But before you let out a sigh of relief, children five years old or older will have to take a PCR once back in England. That means your eight-year-old will have to undergo a test.

If you are returning from a green country then ensure this is done on or before day two at home. If you are returning from an amber country another test will have to be taken on day eight.

Anyone returning from a red list country will have to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 11 nights at their own cost (£1750 per person plus the cost of testing).

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