TRAVELLING TO EDINBURGH DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

This page explains what you need to do in order to come to the Edinburgh Forum. Please note that this information has been updated on 7th January 2022 because of the Omicron variant. We will update this page again as things develop. The current Scottish Government guideline are available here

​Key information;

  • You do not need to do a test before you fly to the UK.


  • You do not need to quarantine if you were fully vaccinated in the EU (or any of the countries on this list) with any of these vaccines: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. 

  • You do need to book a rapid antigen test for when you arrive in the UK, this is known as the ‘Day 2 test’ and it costs around £20. 

  • You do need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you fly to the UK. 

  • You do not need a visa to travel to the UK if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen – your passport is enough even after Brexit.

Further detail:

How do you demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated?

You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received your second dose of one of the approved vaccines more than 14 days before your arrival into the UK. The approved vaccines are: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson (only one dose required), Moderna and Pfizer. 

If you were vaccinated within the EU, then the EU Digital COVID Certificate is acceptable as evidence of vaccination. If you were vaccinated outside the EU and do not have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, then you will need a vaccine certificate – see this webpage for the requirements for vaccine certificates. 

How do you book the Covid test for when you arrive in the UK?

Everyone who comes to the UK has to do a Covid test within their first two days of arriving in the country. This is known as the ‘Day 2 test’ and a rapid antigen test is acceptable (rapid antigen tests are often called ‘lateral flow tests’ in the UK). 

You must order your Day 2 test before you fly to the UK and arrange for it to be delivered to your accommodation. You do the test yourself in your accommodation and upload the result online to the test provider. 

Day 2 rapid antigen tests cost around £20 and we recommend the following companies: 


Make sure you order your Day 2 test several days before you fly to the UK to ensure that it will arrive one time! 

How do you complete the Passenger Locator Form?

You must complete a Passenger Locator Form before you fly to the UK, this is usually checked in the airport before you board your flight. This is quite a long form, so don’t wait until the last minute to complete it. 

It will ask you for:

  • Your passport details 

  • Details of your flight 

  • Details of your Covid vaccinations 

  • Your address in the UK

  • The booking reference number for your Day 2 test. 


Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?


Even after Brexit, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can travel to the UK for tourism and short trips without a visa. However, you will need a passport because EU identity cards are no longer accepted as valid documents in the UK. 


If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, then you can use this webpage to work out your visa requirements. If you need to apply for a visa, we can provide you with a letter of invitation from the Royal College of General Practitioners, but only after you have registered and paid for the Forum. 

 

VISA APPLICATIONS

For our delegates who need visas, please send your request to international@rcgp.org.uk and we can provide a letter of invitation. Please ensure the details provided match the details on your visa application form which can be found on https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor