United Kingdom: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/RegionUpdated on 10:07, Apr 16, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into United KingdomPartially restricted
Travelers must carry proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
All persons must submit a contact tracing form online prior to departure and self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival.
From April 9, 2021, foreign nationals who, within 10 days of their scheduled departure, have traveled through any of the following countries or regions are prohibited from entering the United Kingdom: Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, DR Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. This policy does not apply to Irish nationals or lawful residents; however, such persons must undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
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. All persons (including UK nationals) arriving from abroad must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a nucleic acid test (NAT) or an antigen test. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from Ascension, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, or Saint Helena. Additional exemptions exist for children ages 10 or under, persons traveling for or accompanying someone who is traveling for urgent medical treatment, or persons who have medical conditions that prevent them from undergoing testing. Locator forms can be found at the following URL: https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form
Upon arrival, all persons (including UK nationals) must proceed directly to their place of residence and self-isolate for 10-days or undergo a 10-day quarantine in a government-approved facility. This policy does not apply to persons arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man. All persons must preregister for and undergo testing for COVID-19 on day 2 of their quarantine and again on day 8. During self-isolation and quarantine, all persons must comply with all relevant pandemic prevention and control measures.
Persons seeking to depart England for destinations abroad must complete a "declaration form for international travel from England." Persons seeking to depart from Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales should verify the restrictions on international travel from those locations prior to making travel arrangements. Declaration forms are available at the following URL: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel
Note that England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales each implement additional restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
Returning to United StatesEntry prohibited
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, 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.
From January 26, 2021, 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.