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United Kingdom

Latest travel and entry requirements

  • Travellers from all countries are allowed but most are required to fill a Public Health Passenger Locator Form within the 48 hours before their arrival and spend 14 days in self-isolation. Certain regions, categories and countries are exempt from these requirements. Please see ‘Health declaration form’ and ‘Quarantine upon arrival’ sections for more info.
  • Note: Travellers may be fined up to £100 if they refuse to provide their contact details, with additional fines if this rule is broken more than once. They may also be fined up to £1,000 if they refuse to self-isolate, or face further action.
  • The UK hasn’t restricted entry for travellers based on the countries they have previously travelled to.
  • However, there are rules in place for those who are generally exempt from submitting the Public Health Passenger Locator Form and 14-day self-isolation.
  • If these exempt travellers and categories have travelled to or transitted from a non-exempt country or region in the past 14 days, they may also be required to submit the form and self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive. Learn more here.
  • Not required before travel or upon arrival, but most travellers are required to submit a Public Health Passenger Locator Form and self-isolate for 10 days. Learn more about quarantine requirements in our ‘Quarantine upon arrival’ section.
  • Most travellers must fill in a Public Health Passenger Locator Form within the 48 hours before their arrival, which provides contact information for their quarantine location as well as the accommodation they’ll be staying at during their trip. They must show the completed form when they arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on their phone.
  • Those coming from the following Common Travel Area (CTA) regions are exempt, as long as they haven’t travelled outside CTA or to a non-exempt country/region in the past 14 days:
    1. Ireland
    2. The Channel Islands
    3. The Isle of Man
  • Certain types of travellers such as members of diplomatic missions or representatives of a foreign country or British overseas territories may also not need to fill the form depending on previous travel. Learn more here.
  • As of July 10, travellers from countries on the UK’s travel corridors list will also be exempt from filling the form as long as they haven’t travelled to or transited from non-exempt countries in the past 14 days. You can find the list of exempt countries and further details here.
  • Most travellers are required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days, which means they are not allowed to leave the accommodation they’re staying at for 10 days.
  • Certain categories, such as those below, are exempt but if they have travelled to or transitted from a non-exempt country or region in the past 10 days, they may also be required to self-isolate for 10 days when they arrive.
  • Travellers from countries on the UK’s ‘travel corridors’ list, such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, are also exempt. They must have spent at least two weeks in the respective country before travel to be exempt. You can find the list of exempt countries and further details here.
  • Those coming from the Common Travel Area (CTA) regions:
    • Ireland
    • The Channel Islands
    • The Isle of Man
  • Certain types of travellers such as members of diplomatic missions or representatives of a foreign country or British overseas territories. Learn more here
  • From 15 December, travellers arriving in England from Kuwait, Oman and other countries not on the travel corridors list will have the option to reduce their quarantine period to 5 days as long as they test negative for COVID-19 on the fifth day. They will have to pay for the test themselves and book it at a private provider listed among the government-authorised facilities.
  • The self-isolation rules may vary depending on where you are travelling:
  • Partially open – depending on region
  • For e.g. In England, many attractions such as shopping markets, museums, galleries, parks and restaurants are allowed to open but requirements differ according to a new tier system depending on the area. Since 2 Dec, the government in England has adopted a 3-tier system to curb the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about the restrictions of each tier here.
  • Different rules apply for other regions such as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The UK has gradually started resuming visa services around the globe.
  • Those outside of the UK who are affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus can refer to guidance here.
  • For tourist and other visas, please check with your embassy or visa application centre for more details.
  • If you’re looking for updates on the status of visa application centres in your country, including opening times, you can check with: