International Travel Guidance

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.
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International Travel: What you need to prepare

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
  • Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 testing packages

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

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

COVID-19 Testing Packages

  • You will need to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days and book day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 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

Book and pay for a COVID-19 test

Test to Release 

  • Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test on day 5. If the result is negative (and the result of your day 2 test result was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine.

  • You cannot take your Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days.The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only. If you do not take part in the scheme you must continue to isolate for 10 days.

Book and pay for your Test to Release

Rules if you’re fully vaccinated

If you’re coming to England from an amber list country and have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the bodies listed in this guide you:

  • must take a COVID-19 pre-departure test
  • must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England – arrival day is day 0
  • do not have to quarantine

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

Read our guidance on using the NHS COVID Pass

Passengers vaccinated in Europe with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are required to provide proof via an EU Digital COVID Certificate and those vaccinated in the US are required to provide proof via the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination card.

What to do upon arrival in England

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. 
  • 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 and book day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 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
  • 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. 
  • 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).

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