United Kingdom (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If you’ve been fully vaccinated in the US or most of Europe you do not need to quarantine or take a day 8 test when returning from amber list countries.

After 4am on 8 August, arrivals from France who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, US or Europe do not need to quarantine.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 30.08.2021
1. Passengers who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– British nationals;
– nationals of Ireland (Rep.);
– residents of the United Kingdom.
2. Passengers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal (only Azores and Madeira), Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Helena, Switzerland or Turks and Caicos Isl. are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at: https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals
3. Passengers arriving from a country other than Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Isl., Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Falkland Isl. (Malvinas), Finland, Germany, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal (only Azores and Madeira), Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Helena, Switzerland or Turks and Caicos Isl. are subject to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense. They must have a payment confirmation obtained at: https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or https://www.gov.uk/guidance/providers-of-day-2-and-day-8-coronavirus-testing-for-international-arrivals
– The test on day 8 does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before arrival. They must not be arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– The test on day 8 does not apply to passengers younger than 18 years residing in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State. They must not be arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
4. Passengers entering the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form must include the booking reference number for the required COVID-19 tests or the invoice number for the quarantine hotel booking. The form can be obtained at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented at check-in and to immigration upon arrival.
– This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.
– More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp
5. Passengers transiting through the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form can be obtained at https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk and must be presented at check-in and to immigration upon arrival.
– This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.
– More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp .
6. Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken at most 3 days before departure of the last direct flight to the United Kingdom. Tests accepted are: antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid and PCR tests. The test result must be in English, French or Spanish. Passengers details (name, date of birth or age) on the test result must match those stated in the passport or other travel document. The test result must also include the contact details of the issuing laboratory.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 11 years;
– passengers arriving from Ireland (Rep.);
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defense;
– more exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yytxv2cp
7. Passengers entering England who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days must:
– have a quarantine package for 11 nights; and
– arrive at Birmingham (BHX), Farnborough (FAB), Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or London City (LCY).
More details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/
– This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.
8. Passengers entering Scotland who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days must:
– have a quarantine package for 11 nights; and
– arrive at Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or Inverness (INV).
More details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/
– This does not apply to:
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.
9. Passengers transiting through the United Kingdom to Ireland (Rep.) who have been in or transited through Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 10 days must have a quarantine package for 11 nights. More details can be found at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/
– This does not apply to military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence.
10. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. Details can be found for:
– England at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/booking-and-staying-in-a-quarantine-hotel-when-you-arrive-in-england
– Scotland at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/self-isolation/
– Wales at: https://gov.wales/how-self-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19 ;
– Northern Ireland at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State showing that they were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before arrival. They must not be arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe;
– passengers younger than 18 years residing in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State. They must not be arriving from Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Georgia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mayotte, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Reunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
11. Flights from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey are suspended.
– This does not apply to flights arriving at the South Arrival and Immigration Hall of Birmingham (BHX) or the Terminal 4 of Heathrow (LHR).
12. Airline crew not residing in the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.
13. Passengers with an Overseas Domestic Worker visa issued by the UK must be accompanied by the sponsor or one of the first-degree family members of the sponsor.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The rules for travel to England (https://bit.ly/38PHUKN) depend on where travelers have been in the 10 days prior to arrival to England (and whether those countries are on the green list, amber list, or red list).

All travelers will still be required to present a negative pre-departure test. The test must have been taken no more than 3 days before the departure of the last flight to the U.K. Accepted tests include antigen, LAMP, PCR, and nucleic acid.

People who have only been in green-list countries (https://bit.ly/3h7Y1YN) in the past 10 days will need to take one PCR test on day 2 and will not have to quarantine.

People who have been in amber-list countries (https://bit.ly/3n4K5m6) in the past 10 days will need to take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8) and will need to self-isolate for 10 days (but they could end quarantine early under the Test to Release program if they have a negative test on day 5).

Fully vaccinated people (who have been vaccinated in the UK & had the last dose more than 14 days prior) will be exempt (https://bit.ly/3thLt64) from quarantine and the day 8 test when traveling from amber countries.

Travelers who are fully vaccinated in the EU+ (including Andorra, Monaco, and Vatican City), in the United States, or in Switzerland are no longer subject to quarantine when traveling from amber countries and are not subject to the day 8 test post-arrival. They will still need a pre-departure test and a test on arrival taken on or before day 2 post-arrival.

People who have been in red-list countries (https://bit.ly/3yMN1pQ) in the past 10 days (if allowed entry) will be required to quarantine in government-designated hotels for 10 days as well as take two PCR tests (on day 2 and day 8). Passengers who have been in or transited through these high-risk countries in the past 10 days are generally banned from entry. Only UK citizens, Irish citizens, and UK residents are allowed to travel from red-list countries and they have to prebook (https://bit.ly/3DPxTLY) the hotel quarantine, which costs about £1,750 (about $2,400).

The lists will be updated every 3 weeks. The latest update was on August 26th (taking effect on August 30th), and the next update is expected to be on September 16th (with effect on September 20th).

These rules apply for travel to England. Slightly different rules may apply if flying to Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

Travelers must also complete the public health passenger locator form (https://bit.ly/3tjbYbk) before they arrive. The booking reference number for the tests or hotel quarantine post-arrival must be included in the passenger locator form.

All travel restrictions and details are available on gov.uk.
 

Lockdown Details

Face coverings are no longer legally required in England.

But that’s not the end of masks. Other parts of the UK have different rules and some shops and transport still require them.

Most businesses have now reopened. In England, all businesses have reopened and restrictions have been removed.

Reopenings vary depending on the area see detailed rules for:

Wales (https://gov.wales/coronavirus)
Scotland (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/)
Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19)
England (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home)
 

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#stay-up-to-date
Data Source: covidcontrols.co