Travel restrictions and self-isolation (quarantine) rules continue to be enforced in order to help reduce the global spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the UK public.
New ‘variants’ of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, continue to emerge around the world. Some of these, including the UK variant, transmit the virus more easily between people. The current UK travel restrictions aim to avoid new variants being imported into the UK, and also to avoid UK travellers exporting the UK variant during international travel.
Restrictions are gradually beginning to ease across the UK, with different timetables for easing restrictions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Currently, UK travellers require to have a permitted reason to travel abroad, and it remains illegal to travel abroad for holidays.
See the UK government’s guidance for British people travelling abroad during the coronavirus pandemic for further information.
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 be advise to review the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice 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.
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 April 2021, the COVID-19 risk for UK travellers was decreased in 8 countries:
In April 2021, the COVID-19 risk for UK travellers was increased in 7 countries:
All travellers must:
For travellers arriving from, or have been in a 'red list' travel ban country 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: