National guidance

Last updated: Thursday 27 January 2022

From 11 January: Most people who receive positive lateral flow test results for coronavirus will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. More information can be found on the Government website

Winter Plan A
Testing for international arrivals
Self-isolation guidance
Daily contact tracing
How to stay safe and prevent the spread

Winter Plan A

The Government has lifted the restrictions under Plan B which were introduced in December to slow the spread of the Omicron variant and enable more people to get a booster dose of the vaccination. However, it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, so people are advised to continue to be cautious as we move back to Winter Plan A.

The Government has said that Covid-19 will be a feature of everyone’s lives for the foreseeable future, so we all need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others. Everybody can play a part by understanding the situations where risks of Covid-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.

Following the guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others.

Testing for international arrivals

From 4am on 7 January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive. Fully vaccinated adults and over 5s must take a post-arrival lateral flow test on day 2. A PCR is needed if they test positive. Find out more on the Government website.

From 11 February:

If you’re fully vaccinated you will no longer need to take a Covid-19 test either before or after arrival in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after you arrive in the UK. You will not need to quarantine unless the result of the PCR test is positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.

Self-isolation guidance

You can stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again. More guidance on self-isolation can be found on the Government website.

Confirmatory PCR tests have been temporarily suspended for people who have positive lateral flow test results. 

Find out where to get free lateral flow tests in Nottinghamshire

Daily contact tracing

Fully vaccinated contacts of someone with Covid-19 should take rapid lateral flow tests every day for 7 days. If you test positive or develop symptoms, you need to self-isolate for 10 days.

How to stay safe and prevent the spread

Even if you are fully vaccinated it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19. The pandemic is not over and we should still stay cautious to help protect ourselves and others.

We should continue to:

  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly 

Advice for staying safe 

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