For some time, early into the pandemic in 2020, travelling outside the UK was banned for most people, except for good reasons. Even when the restrictions started to be lifted, travelling outside of the country weas only allowed under certain circumstances. In much the same way with most things during the pandemic, these rules have evolved and changed lots in the almost two years it has been since coronavirus emerged.
One of the things that is often very confusing is the whole business of quarantine. Therefore, to help you understand this a bit better, we are going to look at some of the ins and outs of staying in managed quarantine, as well as addressing the question highlighted in the title of this post.
When Do You Need to Stay in Managed Quarantine in a Designated Hotel?
You need to stay in managed quarantine in a quarantine hotel if you have spent time in a red list country during the previous 10 days before you arrived in England. You need to stay there for a full 10 days, day zero being the day you arrived in England.
When Do You Need to Take Covid-19 Tests During Your 10 Days in Managed Quarantine?
As part of your managed quarantine, you are required to take two Covid-19 tests. The first one needs to be taken either on or just before day 2 and your second one needs to be taken on or just after day 8 of your quarantine period. These tests are included in the hotel package you are given.
Do You Need to Quarantine Even if You are Fully Vaccinated?
The simple answer is yes, at the moment you do. Full vaccination does not exclude you from managed quarantine after visiting a red list country.
Can You Shorten Your Quarantine Period?
The simple and short answer to this question is no. Even if your first test returned a negative test results, you are still not allowed to leave earlier. However, if you have a positive test result, your quarantine period will need to be extended.
So, When Will You Get the Results of Your Covid-19 Tests?
You should get the results of your Covid-19 tests within 48 hours of each being done. This is all organised through the hotel and you will normally be texted or emailed with the results.
There you have it, if you find yourself in the position of needing to stay in a managed quarantine hotel, you now have a better understanding of the ins and outs. If you need to take the tests, the results will be returned to you within 48 hours and there is no way to reduce the time you spend in the hotel, but if you have one negative result, you will not need to take the second test. If you need any more information about managed quarantine, you can find comprehensive information on the Gov.UK website.