Travel restrictions and self-isolation (quarantine) rules have been place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 to help reduce the global spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the UK public. The range and type of measures vary in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In recent months new ‘variants’ of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, have been detected around the world, including in the UK. Some of these, including the UK variant, transmit more easily between people. Concern remains that virus variants could emerge that cause more severe illness, or evade the immunity produced by COVID-19 vaccines.
The current UK travel restrictions are stringent both to avoid new variants being imported into the UK, and to avoid UK travellers exporting the UK variant during international travel.
Prior to travelling to the UK, all travellers must:
From 15th February 2021, all travellers arriving into the UK must:
For travellers arriving from, or have been in a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days, the 10 day quarantine must take place in a managed quarantine hotel
Quarantine rules are different in each of the UK 4 nation countries, therefore prior to travel, travellers must ensure they are able to comply with the rules appropriate to the UK nation they will be arriving in and reside in (if different). Further information can be found in the links below:
All TRAVAX country pages include a COVID-19 country specific risk-rating which identifies each country as having a high, moderate or low risk of exposure to COVID-19 for UK travellers.
In February 2021, the COVID-19 risk for UK travellers was increased in 12 countries:
All travellers should be made aware of precautions they should take to reduce their risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) before, during and after travel as detailed on the fitfortravel website COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page.
Travellers should also review the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice pages regularly for guidance on travelling abroad, including the latest information on COVID-19 and other non-COVID-19 risks such as safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.