Traveling During Coronavirus

If you are planning on traveling abroad, read the below guidance on what you need to do, what countries are green, amber or red, and what documentation you need to prepare for your trip and returning to the UK.

International Travel: What you need to prepare

From 17 May you will not need to complete a declaration form to travel abroad.

You should not travel to amber list or red list countries or territories for leisure purposes but you can travel to green list countries for leisure.

How can I travel to England?

When you travel to England you will have to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take a COVID-19 test up to 3 days before you board your flight. Failure to provide this means you will be denied entry into the UK and will be fined £500
  • Quarantine (Red list countries), Isolate (Amber list countries), take a day 2 test (Green list countries) 

Passenger Locator Form

To complete the form you need:

  • your passport details
  • your travel details, including times and dates of the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK
  • the address where you will stay in England (if applicable)
  • a booking reference number and the name of the test provider, if you’re using Test to Release to find out if you can end self-isolation early

You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

You can include multiple journeys in your form if you’ll enter England more than once in a 48-hour period.

Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form could see you fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both.

Complete your passenger locator form here

What do I need to do on arrival to England? Quarantine, Isolate or test?

The requirements on arrival to England depend on which list the country that you traveled from or transited through is on.

If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000: 

Red list countries:

  • People who have been in or transited through the countries in this list will not be granted access to the UK. This does not include UK or Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with permanent residence in the UK.
  • Anyone who has been in or through any of the 'red list' countries in the previous 10 days will be required to purchase a quarantine package. The charge for a single adult will be less than £1,750. 
  • You will need to book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form, which will also include details of your quarantine and testing package 
  • Anyone attempting to conceal that they have traveled in a ‘red list’ country on their form could face a £10,000 fine or prosecution and up to 10 years in prison

Amber list countries:

  • You must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken up to 3 days before you board your flight. Failure to provide this means you will be denied entry into the UK and will be fined £500. 
  • You must complete the passenger locator form up to 2 days before your arrival in the UK. 
  • You will need to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel tests - to be taken after arrival in England. 
  • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
  • From 19th July you do NOT need to isolate if you have received both doses of the vaccine. 

Green List Countries:

  • You must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken up to 3 days before you board your flight. Failure to provide this means you will be denied entry into the UK and will be fined £500. 
  • You must complete the passenger locator form up to 2 days before your arrival in the UK.
  • You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive but do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive (though you must still isolate if NHS Test & Trace contact you).

View the full list of countries and what list they are on here

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

Read our guidance on using the NHS COVID Pass

Transit stops from 'Red' and 'Amber' countries

When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

  • new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop:

  • no new passengers, who are able to mix with you, get on
  • no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  • passengers get off but do not get back on

 

Travelling within the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands

Travelling to England

Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel to England.

You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel from before making arrangements to travel.

Provided you are permitted to travel from another part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), you may enter England and are not required to quarantine on arrival. If you do travel to England, you must follow the restrictions on what you can and cannot do.

Travelling from England

Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel from England. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel.

Travelling to or from Northern Ireland

Currently in Northern Ireland it is against the law to leave home without a reasonable excuse. Those arriving into Northern Ireland from another part of the Common Travel Area are asked to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. There are a number of exemptions to this request.

Travelling to or from Scotland

Scottish Coronavirus regulations permit unrestricted travel within Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man. Travel restrictions remain in place for travel between Scotland and the rest of the world. There is further guidance on travelling to and from Scotland.

Travelling to or from Wales

There are no restrictions in place for travel into or out of Wales as long as you are travelling within the UK or wider Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area, there may be rules in place that restrict travel from Wales. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave Wales to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel. This guidance provides advice on travelling to and from Wales.

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