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What rules must be followed by children when travelling to Wales.

First published:
4 October 2021
Last updated:

Children and young people arriving in Wales

The requirements for children and young people arriving in Wales can be different to the adults travelling with them.

Children and young people arriving from red list countries

Children and young people under 18 years old must follow the same rules as for adult red list arrivals. All children and young people under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult when entering and staying at a managed quarantine facility.

Find out what you must do when arriving from a red list country.

Children and young people arriving from countries not on the red list

The requirements for children and young people depend on age at time of arrival.  

From the 9 January the requirements on arrival are:

  • children aged 4 and under do not have to take any travel tests
  • post-arrival testing: 5 to 17 year olds must have pre-booked either a post-arrival LFT or PCR test to be taken on or before day 2 following their arrival into Wales

To help protect yourselves and close contacts from the potential spread of the virus, we advise all returning travellers under the age of 18 to self-isolate until they have taken an LFT and received a negative result. 

If they test positive they must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of their test.  

If they have a positive LFT result, they must take a follow-up PCR test to allow their test sample to undergo genomic sequencing.  This is essential to identify potential variants of concern. 

If their follow-up PCR test is positive they must stay in isolation for the full 10 day period, which began on the date of their LFTtest. If their follow-up PCR test is negative, they can leave isolation on receipt of this test result. 

Booking tests

Post arrival PCR tests must be booked before your arrival into Wales.  These tests cannot be free NHS tests. They must be booked with one of the providers listed on GOV.UK.

NHS PCR tests can be booked via the international arrivals NHS test ordering service and private sector tests can be booked from a private provider listed on GOV.UK.

Under 18s attending boarding schools, colleges or university

There are separate rules for young people (under 18) who are attending boarding school, college or university in Wales and arriving from a red list country

Read full details of the requirements.