Before You Travel to the UK
You cannot enter the UK if you have been in or through a country on the banned travel list (‘red list country’) in the last 10 days, unless you are British, Irish or have the right to live in the UK.
Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test
Book and pay for a travel test package
Complete a passenger locator form
Provide proof of a negative test
You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel to the UK. You must take the test in the 3 days before the date on which your service to the UK departs.
You will need to show your test result when you check in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry and you may be asked to show the result on arrival in the UK.
When you do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 test?
You do not need to take a test if you are travelling:
- Within the UK, the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey
- From Ireland
- From Ascension, Falkland Islands or St Helena
Other times when you may not need a test:
- You are under the age of 11
- You have a job on the exempt jobs list
- You are travelling to the UK for medical reasons
- You are travelling from a country where you cannot access testing facilities
Travel test package
Passenger locator form
You must complete and submit a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.
To complete your form, you will need the following information:
- Your passport details
- Your travel details, including the time and date of your travel to the UK
- The address where you will be staying in the UK
- Booking reference numbers for the 2 COVID-19 tests you must take when you arrive in the UK
- A booking reference number and the name of the test provider if you are using the Test and Release scheme
- A booking reference number confirming your quarantine hotel booking, if applicable
If any of the listed information changes after you have submitted the form, you must complete a new one.
Every adult traveller must complete their own passenger locator form. If you are travelling with someone who is under 18 and is staying at the same UK address, you can include them on your form.
You can complete this form online.
When You Arrive in the UK
At UK border control
When you arrive at UK border control, you will need to show:
- Your passport or identity card
- Your proof of a negative COVID-19 test
- Your completed passenger locator form, either as a downloaded or printed copy
If you are traveling from a red-list country, you will be escorted through the airport to quarantine at a managed quarantine facility.
Quarantining in the UK
Where you must quarantine depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England
Day 2 and Day 8 Covid-19 test
You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine period, with the date you arrived in the UK treated as day zero.
You must then take another test on or after day 8 of your quarantine period, unless you received a positive result from your day 2 test.
If you receive a positive test result
If you receive a positive result from either test, you must quarantine for 10 days after the test was taken.
If you are quarantining at home, your household must also quarantine for 10 days.
Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test
Once you have quarantined for 10 days and received a negative result from both tests, you may leave the place you were quarantining.
Travel in or through a red list country
If you travel in or through a red listed country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK, you must book to quarantine in a ‘managed quarantine hotel’.
Your quarantine package will include:
- your managed quarantine facility
- quarantine transport
- your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine
You can only book your managed quarantine facility no more than 14-days before arrival to the UK.
Type of Booking
1 adult in a room for 10 days (11 nights)
Additional rate for 1 adult (or child over 11)
Additional rate for a child aged 5-11
If you are facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, you can apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking.
You will need to pay back your debt to the government in 12 monthly instalments.
You can find more information on how to book a managed quarantine hotel package.
Travel in or through an amber list country
If you travel through or from an amber list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must:
- quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
Travel in or through a green list country
If you travel through or from a green list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must:
- take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.
Ending quarantine early
You can choose to end your quarantine early through the Test and Release scheme, which only applies to those quarantining in England.
You can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test once you have been in England for 5 days. Once you receive a negative result, you can end your quarantine early.
To take part in the scheme, there are certain requirements to be met:
- You must not have travelled in or through a red-list country
- You must book a test with one of the private test providers
- You must book your test before you travel to England
- You must choose to take part in the scheme on the passenger locator form – if you take part in the scheme once you have arrived in England, you must complete another form
- You must pay the private test provider for your test
The test provider will send a test to your address or you can visit a testing site.
You are still required to take the COVID-19 test on day 2 and 8 of your quarantine.
Jobs qualifying for travel exemptions
Certain jobs qualify for an exemption from one of more of the COVID-19 related travel restrictions. To find out whether your job qualifies for an exemption and which restrictions apply, visit the jobs with testing travel exemptions.
You may be required to meet certain conditions or provide evidence of the work you will be doing.