Updated 17 February 2021
All travel corridors are currently suspended. If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you will need to self isolate for 10 days and take 2 coronavirus tests. Details as follows.
As lockdown rules are in effect in England, Scotland and Wales, and with Northern Ireland introducing new regulations, numerous businesses and attractions are rendered temporarily closed. Fortunately, the lockdown does not affect the status of the UK’s borders which remain open for international arrivals. This means that both residents and foreign nationals looking to gain entry into the country will still be permitted to do so.
However, those who are not British or Irish nationals and do not possess residency rights will be refused entry to the UK if departing from a country on the red list.
As for UK residents who are currently staying abroad, the government does not require them to immediately return home.
What are the countries on the red list list?
If you have been in or through any of the countries listed below in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.
- Cape Verde
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- French Guiana
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Citizens and those with residency rights will be allowed entry, however, they will also face a 10-day mandatory quarantine in government-approved hotels upon arrival. Two tests will be administered on the 2nd and the 8th day of the managed quarantine.
If a traveller receives a positive result from the day 2 test, they must quarantine for 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken (this means until day 13). If said traveller is in quarantine with people they have travelled with, they will also need to quarantine until day 13.
Receiving a positive result from the day 2 test means further tests will not be required.
On day 8, the traveller will need to take a COVID-19 test unless they have received a positive result from the day 2 test. If receiving a positive test result from the day 8 test, said traveller will be required to quarantine until day 19.
If the traveller has quarantined for 10 days and received a negative result to both tests, they may then end their quarantine.
We will update this article as new developments unfold.
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