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

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 10 days is required for all countries. There are exemptions to this rule, mainly for lorry drivers, seasonal farmworkers, and coronavirus medics.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 23.04.2021
1. Passengers who have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, 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 are 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 .
3. Passengers 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 .
4. Passengers entering the United Kingdom must complete a “Public Health Passenger Locator Form”. The form must include the booking reference number for the 2 COVID-19 tests or the booking reference 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 arriving in England who have been in or transited through Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Panama, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, 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 arriving in Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or Inverness (INV) in Scotland must have a quarantine package for 11 nights. 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. Flights from Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates are suspended.
10. Airline crew not residing in the United Kingdom are subject to self-isolation in a hotel until their next flight.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Passengers who have been in or transited through high-risk countries (https://bit.ly/3cSUM4K) in the past 10 days are banned from entry. You can see the latest updated list on gov.uk.

British citizens and residents and Irish citizens are allowed entry from these high-risk countries but are required to quarantine in government-designated hotels, at their own expense. The cost is £1,750 (about $2,400) and travelers have to prebook. Note that Scotland is applying the hotel quarantine to all travelers, not just those from the high-risk/red-list countries.

Travelers to the UK (including UK citizens and residents) are required to present a negative COVID-19 test and take 2 tests after arrival on day 2 and day 8 of the 10-day quarantine. The tests will cost £210. Check the details along with exemptions for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Individuals who arrive in the UK have to self-quarantine for 10 days. There are exemptions to this rule, mainly for lorry drivers, seasonal farmworkers, and coronavirus medics. All details and a full list of exemptions is available on gov.uk. Travelers must also complete the public health passenger locator form before they arrive.

If you are abroad and in need of urgent assistance, call the British embassy or high commission.
 

Lockdown Details

Most non-essential businesses are closed.

Most non-essential businesses are closed. Restrictions may vary depending on your local area

Starting March 8, schools in England were allowed to restart in-person classes.

Restrictions may vary depending on your local area:

England (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know)
Wales (https://gov.wales/coronavirus)
Scotland (https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/)
or Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19)

Face masks are mandatory on public transportation and in many other public settings such as in shops, supermarkets, and other enclosed public spaces. Rules vary depending on whether you’re in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. See all the detailed rules for each region on gov.uk.

Even when not mandatory, people are encouraged to wear face masks in all enclosed public spaces, particularly when social distancing is not possible.
 

Sources

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