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Travel Guidance


 LAST UPDATE: February 15, 2021 

New testing, self-isolation and quarantine rules from 15 February.

Before you Travel

  • Take a COVID-19 test (preferably PCR) and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken during your quarantine.
  • Or, if you come from a red list travel ban countries (*) book and pay for a quarantine package which will include your managed quarantine hotel, transport and travel test package for COVID-19 tests
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive and the package booking reference number.

When you arrive in the UK, you MUST!

  • Either quarantine in the place you’re staying or in a managed quarantine hotel (if from red list travel ban countries) for 10 days
  • Take 2 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests at Day 2 and Day 8 of your quarantine
  • You may be able to end self-isolation early through the ‘Test to ‘Release’ scheme by testing on Day 5 (not allowed for people coming from a red list travel ban countries)

Please see more details here.


After reducing Quarantine period (to 10 days), UK Government introduced the “ " scheme, in order to further reduce the self-isolation period, paying for a test. This scheme starts from today (Dec 15th), it is voluntary and it is for people who has to self-isolate on arrival in England from countries outside travel corridors list.

After reducing Quarantine period (to 10 days), UK Government introduced the “Test to Release for International Travel " scheme, in order to further reduce the self-isolation period, paying for a test. This scheme starts from today (Dec 15th), it is voluntary and it is for people who has to self-isolate on arrival in England from countries outside travel corridors list.

The test will be taken not earlier than 5 full days after you were last in a country outside the travel corridor list. 

If you want to take part in this scheme, at first you need to book a test with a private test provider, then you have to opt into this scheme by filling the passenger locator form.

More details in the UK Gov Covid-19 webpage, : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

For specific members with specific roles, this test will be reimbursed by NATO upon COS authorization after DCOS proposal or suggestion. For any additional question on these matters, please contact with your respective DCOS.  

All travel abroad for either TDY or Leave must be approved by COS.

SNR Responsibilities:

  • Promptly notify DOM & MEDAD of any COVID-19 related issues affecting your personnel or members of their households 
  • Keep COS informed of any COVID-19 National matters affecting your personnel

The MARCOM personnel who travelled from Countries INCLUDED in the list of COVID 19 travel corridors are allowed to go to work at the HQ, no need for quarantine.

The MARCOM personnel who travelled from Countries NOT INCLUDED in the list of COVID 19 travel corridors have to self isolate for 10 days from date of return according to UK GOV rule.

MARCOM personnel that finished a period of quarantine because of travel, must:

  • Notify DOM that you are returning to work
  • Keep your ACOS and SNR informed of your status

MARCOM personnel that finished a period of quarantine because were a close contact, must:

  • Notify MEDAD that you are returning to work
  • Notify DOM that you are returning to work
  • Keep your ACOS and SNR informed of your status

MARCOM personnel with family members or guests in their home, that recently arrived from outside a UK Travel Corridor, must:

  • Notify your ACOS and SNR
  • Do not go to work for 10 days unless otherwise directed

MARCOM personnel with family members or guests in their home, that have been directed to stay in self-isolation must:

  • Notify your ACOS and SNR
  • Do not go to work for 10 days unless otherwise directed

Be smart while using Public Transportation:

Staff members will have to use public transportation to/from MARCOM HQ during “off peak” periods (not travelling between 0630-0930 and 1600-1900); daily routines will be adjusted accordingly by DCOSs and ACOSs.

  • Always wear a face covering 
  • Keep a minimum 2 meters apart from others 
  • Use hand sanitiser frequently
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth

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