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Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Travellers Arriving in the UK (update 1)

15 January 2021

From 0400 on Monday 18 January 2021 travellers from international destinations, including returning UK nationals, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival in England and Scotland. This measure is being introduced to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

The COVID-19 test must be undertaken a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival back into England or Scotland. Travellers will have to make arrangements in the destination country to access testing. Failure to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test may result in boarding being denied for the journey to England or Scotland, or fine on arrival.

This measure is in addition to the need to self isolate on return to the UK from countries not on the quarantine exemption (travel corridor) list.

Further details on the regulations and testing requirements are available for:

It has been announced that similar measures will be introduced for international travellers arriving in Northern Ireland and Wales, further information is awaited:

Advice for Travellers

Before making travel plans, travellers should check all of the following, and continue to check these during their trip as guidance may change:

  • FCDO Travel Advisory Notices
  • Your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) at your destination
  • Requirements for COVID testing at your destination prior to your return
  • UK self-isolation rules on your return
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Facilities at your destination

Further information on these points is available on the fitfortravel page COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel