Travel Advice for PDC events during pandemic
TRAVELLING TO PDC EVENTS – INFORMATION
- In Brief what you need………………………..
- Up to date information………………………..
- Travelling to the UK……………………………
- Type of test needed……………………………
- Quarantine & DCMS Exemption letter………
- Passenger Locator Form………………………
- Testing at PDC events…………………………
- Health Protocols at PDC events……………..
- Covid Testing at Milton Keynes………………
- Travelling home………………………………..
- Vaccine Information…………………………..
- Positive test…………………………………….
- Travel Insurance……………………………….
As long as you remember what you need to travel during the pandemic, in brief.
- Passport – make sure it is valid and has at least 6 months left.
- Negative Covid Test – prior to departure and have evidence of this.
- DCMS Letter – Quarantine exemption letter from the PDC.
- Full and further information is below.
UP TO DATE INFORMATION:
It is IMPORTANT that you have fully read and understood your PDC Players Brief for each and every event which will be sent to you via your email address for every event, also check all up to date news as things change on a regular basis. For the up to date Government information please CLICK HERE
TRAVELLING TO THE UK:
All international arrivals are required to prove a Negative Covid-19 test result prior to departing to England from the 8th January 2021, this test must be no more than 72 hours older than your planned arrival (This does not include Ireland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man)
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM:
You will also need to fill in a passenger locator form when entering the UK CLICK HERE and when returning to your country of origin.
TYPE OF TEST NEEDED:
- A nucleic acid test, including a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or derivative technologies, including loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) tests
- an (ANTIGEN TEST) such as a test from a lateral flow device
- Remember to have evidence with you of your negative result.
- All passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.
QUARANTINE IN UK:
All players travelling into the UK for a PDC Pro-Tour event or a TV event will be supplied with a DCMS Letter (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) This is an exemption letter from quarantine by the PDC, if you have not received this prior to travel please contact Hayley at the PDC firstname.lastname@example.org
All other passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result. All passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions.
TESTING AT PDC EVENTS:
All PDC events will be required to do Covid-19 Testing on arrival to the hotel/venue so please make sure your travel itinerary is aware of this, so you can arrive for testing on time, this is usually from late morning to late afternoon but please check your event brief or with the PDC before you book your travel. Always travel direct to the hotel/venue as soon as you arrive in the UK.
NOTE: If the PDC event is not in the UK you must refer to your PDC event brief and the current information which has been given us by PDC-Europe which will be on the online event brief for that event (Via Calendar)
OTHER HEALTH PROTOCOLS AT PDC EVENTS
Temperature tests will be taken when you arrive for testing at the hotel/venue on day one and on each day of your arrival to the venue, you will also need to complete an online health questionnaire daily before you can enter the venue, this is an online questionnaire where once completed you receive a number via email which you give to security to prove this has been done. This link will be sent to you by the PDC, or you can scan it as you arrive at the venue with a QR Code.
FLYING/TRAVELLING BACK HOME
WHAT DO I NEED TO TRAVEL BACK HOME?
All counties/regions require you to have a negative Covid result to return home, some regions only require a a test which you can do at the airport prior to your departure, it is up to you to check which one you need, for a covid test at Milton Keynes, see below.
COVID TESTING AT MILTON KEYNES:
Have you arranged for a test for returning home after the event: There is an option at the Medicspot which is close to Milton Keynes in Bedford Click Here for the link. You can also contact them via email email@example.com This Covid test centre is conveniently located in Bedford town centre. You can drive and park using nearby facilities, or walk from the train station. It is a ‘Fit to Fly’ test. You arrange to pick it up, self test and drop back to them by 14.00hrs for results e-mailed by midnight the following day. This test is required if you are travelling back to Ireland, USA and Canada and most of mainland Europe but is not required for Northern Ireland, IOM. Some European countries only need the rapid test which can be done at the airport.
PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM:
You will also need to fill in a passenger locator form when returning to your country of origin.
If you are flying home after an event, please note you only need to adhere to covid regulations of the country of your final destination (If you have a connecting flight) as long as you do not leave the airport while at your connecting country.
SAFER AIR TRAVEL FOR PASSENGER INFO:
if you do feel unwell and display symptoms of the coronavirus you should not travel, and stay at home in self isolation or as directed by health officials.
TRAVELLING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Stay safe and wear a face mask at all times, use hand sanitiser and wash your hands regularly, keep at a safe social distance.
Please make sure you are covered in your travel insurance policy, if you are unsure you must check. As due to the Pandemic, you may not be able to claim in certain circumstances.
WILL I TEST POSITIVE IF I HAVE HAD A VACCINE:
Getting the vaccine will not make you test positive for COVID-19 on a rapid test or a PCR test. If you test positive and it’s an accurate result, you were likely exposed before you got the vaccine or before the protection kicked in.
DO I STILL NEED A COVID TEST IF VACCINATED?
If I get vaccinated, do I still need a COVID test if I have symptoms? Yes, we will continue to test for COVID as long as the virus is circulating anywhere in the world. Even though the COVID vaccines are looking promising in preventing people from getting seriously sick or dying, they won’t provide 100% protection.
HOW LONG DOES THE VACCINE TAKE TO WORK?
Regardless of which vaccine you get, you won’t reach full protection until two weeks after your second or final dose. That’s about how long it takes your immune system to mount an antibody response to the vaccine.
CAN I STILL GET COVID IF I HAVE HAD A VACCINE?
Yes, like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so you should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection. Some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, but this should be much less severe and less likely.
UKAD AND COVID VACCINE?
WHAT DO I DO IF I GET A POSITIVE RESULT?
If you unfortunately get a positive test, you are required to leave the venue/hotel and return home to self isolate, if you are not from the country where you get your positive test you need to make arrangements to do this or locate somewhere where you can self-isolate. There will be a health official on site at every event and a PDPA representative.
HOW LONG SHOULD I SELF-ISOLATE IF I TEST POSITIVE?
If you have not had symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your test date. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started, if earlier than when you took your test.