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Stricter Border Control Measures for Travellers Arriving in the UK

05 February 2021

The UK Government have announced tougher border control measures are to be introduced in the UK for both outbound and inbound passengers in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and reduce the risk of importing or exporting new variants.

The new measures include:

  • Travellers wishing to depart from the UK are required to have a valid legal reason for travel. Without this, travellers may face a fine and be directed to return home.
  • From 15th February 2021, anyone travelling into the UK will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.

For further information on quarantine facilities, including on exemptions, see the UK Government’s announcement here.

Further details, including the UK 4 nations approach are yet to be released.

Advice for Travellers

Before making travel plans, travellers should consider if their journey is essential and legally permitted.

Prior to permitted travel they should check all of the following, and continue to check these during their trip as guidance may change at short notice:

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

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