With the easing of lockdown restrictions, overseas travel requirements are subject to frequent change. The Trust will continue to review and revise its position in light of each Government review.

Prior to travel all staff are asked to check the latest advice at:

If staff members are intending to travel abroad, they should discuss their plans with their line manager, being mindful of self-isolation/quarantine requirements, and seek approval for the entire period of leave required (including any quarantine measures that may be required) at the earliest opportunity.

Following discussion with the employee, should managers require further clarification or advice on how to manage the quarantine period they should contact HR Consult.

The Trust is not able to pay the hotel quarantine charges incurred by staff who travel overseas, however, in order to continue with international recruitment it will pay the charge for newly internationally recruited staff to enable their commencement in post.

Amber list rules if you are fully vaccinated

You do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test after you arrive in England if you are fully vaccinated under either:

  • The UK vaccination programme
  • The UK vaccine programme overseas
  • An approved vaccination programme in Europe or the USA.

You still need to book a day 2 test and take the test if you are still in England – this cannot be done through the CUH staff testing program as we are not a government approved testing site for this purpose.

Test to Release scheme for unvaccinated staff

If you have been in a country or territory on the amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5 – this cannot be done through the CUH staff testing program as we are not a government approved testing site for this purpose. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine.
You cannot take your Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantine for 10 days.

You cannot take part in the scheme if you have been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If travel is deemed essential, the Trust will look to reimburse both new and existing staff members (including bank staff) the cost of the Covid-19 test undertaken by the private provider on the Government list, should they choose to participate in the Test to Release Scheme on entering England following international travel. Any request for reimbursement will be reviewed and agreed on a case by cases basis.

Reimbursement will be made via the Trust’s e-expenses system. Please ask your line manager for further details if you are not a registered user.

Please be aware that the rules of the scheme are strict – the scheme currently does not permit using other Covid-19 testing providers not on the Government list, including CUH or NHS Test and Trace.

Further information on the Test to Release Scheme can be found here

Pay options relating to self-isolation

The four options below are subject to annual leave being agreed in advance of travel:

Option 1 – The employee can request to work from home for the quarantine period
Option 2 – If the employee cannot work from home, they can request to be paid as normal and work the time back over the proceeding six months following the quarantine period
Option 3 – The employee can take annual leave or request authorised unpaid leave to cover the quarantine period
Option 4 – The employee can request any combination of the above options to cover the quarantine period, which the manager will consider alongside the needs of the service

Guidance on how to record each of the options on Healthroster is available here.

Should staff experience any Covid-19 symptoms, they must contact Occupational Health to request a test (PCR) and must not attend work until cleared to do so.

In addition to the main publicised symptoms of a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), a test should be requested if you have other symptoms suggestive of a viral illness such as; hoarseness, non-persistent cough, nasal discharge/congestion, shortness of breath, wheeze, headache, muscle aches and nausea/vomiting/diarrhoea.

It is also necessary to contact Occupational Health before you start back to work if you were in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 whilst travelling.

Finally, regardless of whether or not staff are returning from trips overseas, all staff who return to work following a period of annual leave are requested to submit an asymptomatic swab as soon as is possible.