Welsh Government written statement: International travel changes

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services (29/11/2021)

We continue to advise against all but essential international travel. However, in line with the changes being introduced elsewhere in the UK to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant – omicron – into the UK, I am today agreeing new rules for all travellers arriving in Wales from non-red list countries.

From 4am on Tuesday 30 November all fully-vaccinated travellers arriving in Wales, including under 18s, will need to self-isolate on their return and take a PCR test before or on day two. We are considering whether we will also require a PCR test on day eight.

Once they have received a negative test result they can leave isolation.  If a positive test is received they continue to self-isolate for ten days from the date the test was taken.

Currently, non-vaccinated travellers returning from non-red listed countries are required to take a PCR test at day two and day eight and self-isolate for 10 days. These requirements will remain unchanged. 

Similar rules are being introduced in all parts of the UK.

The emergence of the omicron variant is a serious development in the ongoing pandemic and we all need to take steps to keep ourselves safe.

We continue to encourage everyone in Wales to get vaccinated – this includes having a booster vaccine; to wear face coverings in all indoor public places and to take other simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please isolate and arrange to have a test.