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United Kingdom: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel Restrictions

Updated on 11:01, Jul 30, 2021 UTC+8
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How often are COVID-19 travel restrictions updated?
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What are current COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Can I travel anywhere that does not have COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Am I allowed to travel if I previously had COVID-19?
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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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Entry into United KingdomPartially restricted
Vaccinations
Travelers fully vaccinated in the UK with a UK-approved vaccine who are returning from "amber" locations are exempt from self-isolation requirements.
COVID-19 Testing
All travelers must have proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days prior to departure.
Quarantine
Travelers arriving from certain locations must self-isolate for 10 days.
Detailed Regulations
UK authorities designate countries and regions as "red," "amber," or "green" depending on the current epidemiological situation in those locations. Foreign nationals seeking to travel from "red" locations are prohibited from entering the United Kingdom. This policy does not apply to lawful residents or Irish nationals. Upon arrival, such persons must, at their own expense, undergo a 10-day quarantine at a managed quarantine hotel and testing for COVID-19 on the 2nd and 8th day of quarantine. 

All persons (including UK nationals) traveling from "amber" locations must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days prior to departure using a nucleic acid test or antigen test. Upon arrival, such persons must self-isolate for 10 days at their residence or at another suitable location and must, at their own expense, undergo testing for COVID-19 on the 2nd and 8th day following their arrival. This policy provides exemptions for persons carrying an NHS COVID Pass showing the have completed full vaccination regimen using a COVID-19 vaccine administered by the UK National Health Service (NHS). From August 2, 2021, further exemptions exist for travelers who carry proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen in an EU Member State, a country or region associated with the Schengen Area, Andorra, Monaco, United States, or Vatican City using a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Travelers covered by an exemption must still carry proof of a negative nucleic acid test result or antigen test result and must undergo additional testing on the 2nd day following their arrival in England. Travelers may be eligible for early release from self-isolation requirements depending on their testing status. 

Persons traveling from "green" locations must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days prior to departure using a nucleic acid test or antigen test and must, at their own expense, undergo additional testing for COVID-19 on the 2nd day following their arrival. Travelers arriving from a "green" location who, within 10 days of their departure, have visited a "red" or "amber" location must adhere to the entry rules for those locations.

All persons (including UK nationals) must fill in a "Public Health Passenger Locator Form" online to provide their journey and contact details no more than 48 hours prior to departure. This policy does not apply to persons arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man. Locator forms can be found at the following URL: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Be advised, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales implement additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions. More information, including current travel lists, is available from the following URL: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Returning to United StatesEntry prohibited
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.

All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
FAQ
How often are COVID-19 travel restrictions updated?
Do I have to quarantine when I travel abroad?
What are current COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Can I travel anywhere that does not have COVID-19 travel restrictions?
Am I allowed to travel if I previously had COVID-19?
What policies have airlines put in place in response to COVID-19?
How do I check current COVID-19 travel restrictions?
How can I be sure the information I find here is accurate?
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