It is mandatory to wear face coverings when travelling on public transport in UK
Information is available here on how to wear face coverings.
UK Coronavirus restrictions - can be checked by postcode on this Gov page.
Entry Guide - use this for the latest guidance on restrictions for your planned overseas trip.
Latest World Health Organisation information
The latest World Health Organisation guidance can be found online at their specific Coronavirus Pandemic site which can be accessed here - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Important Information -
Mandatory Form if leaving England (until 17th May) - Travellers leaving England must carry a form confirming that their trip is allowed under current stay at home restrictions. Carriers will be checking that the form has been completed before boarding, and travellers without one may not be allowed on the service they have booked.
The form is available via the UK government website -https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel
The form does not need to be completed for travel within the UK, to Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Requirements to Enter the UK
There are rules in place for entering the UK if travelling from overseas. All international arrivals into the UK (with the exception of arrivals from Ireland), including UK nationals, require evidence of a negative Covid-19 test taken upto 72 hours before departure. Further information is available here.
All travellers arriving into the UK from overseas (with the exception of arrivals from Ireland) must self isolate for 10 days. Arrivals into Scotland from any overseas country will require mandatory hotel quarantine. Full details and booking information is available here.
England rules until 17th May
If arriving into England from a red list country it is mandatory for the traveller to quarantine in a government approved hotel. Regardless of where travellers have arrived from outside of the common area, they must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. Further information on this, and a link to booking a travel test package is available here.
In England it is possible to end quarantine early via the 'Test to Release' strategy so that travellers will be able to cut short their self-isolation by getting a negative test no sooner than five days after arrival. They will have the option to 'test to release' by taking a pre-booked test with a private provider paid for themselves. Travellers who choose to use the test to release scheme must book a test before they travel and have to include details of the test on their passenger locator form.
England rules from 17th May
The government has confirmed that international travel departing from England can resume from 17th May. Countries will be rated green, amber or red - with green having the fewest restrictions and red the most.
Factors such as the presence of variants of concern, the scale of testing and the number of Covid cases are taken into consideration when determining what rating a country is given. These will be reviewed on a periodic basis.
We have created a simple to read guide here, with detailed information further below:
- Travellers to countries on the green list will still need to:
Take a private Covid test at their destination, before returning. This can be a lateral flow test, LAMP test or a PCR test
Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination
Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England
No need to quarantine on return, or take additional tests, unless the post-arrival test is positive
There will be a "green watch list", to give people advance notice of countries about to move to amber or red.
- Travellers returning from amber list counties will need to:
Take a private Covid test at their destination, before returning
Fill in a passenger locator form online before leaving their destination
Self-isolate at home for 10 days
Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight
Take an optional further PCR test on day five, under the existing test to release scheme, to end self-isolation early
- Rules will be similar to those already in place for current red list countries, including India, Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa. People can only enter the UK if they are a UK or Irish national (or UK resident).
Travellers will have to:
Take a private Covid test at their destination, before returning to England
Fill in a passenger locator form online before they leave their destination
Book a 10-day hotel quarantine and testing package for each member of their group before departure
Take a private PCR test on or before day two of their arrival in England and again on day eight (included with the hotel quarantine package)
Countries can be added to the red list at short notice. If a country's status changes while a traveller is there, they would have to follow the stricter rules on their return.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments. At the same time it is vital that entry rules are also checked for the country being visited. Individuals undertaking specific business activity are exempt from the need to self-isolate when travelling or returning to England from non-exempt countries. More information is available via this government page.
It is mandatory that ALL travellers will:
need to provide their journey and contact details when they travel to the UK by completing this form - and be able to show the completed form when arriving at the UK border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on their phone. The form can only be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK.
not be allowed to leave the place they're staying in for the first 10 days they're in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
More information is available by clicking here
Details of travellers who are exempt from these rules are available here
Overseas Travel Advice
Travellers are responsible for checking and conforming with the entry and exit requirements at their arrival and return destinations as well as their airline's published protocols. Requirements may include proof of negative PCR Covid-19 tests, temperature checks or completion of forms.
The FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. It’s vitally important that any travellers check the latest information for the country that they plan to visit before confirming their booking, and re-check before travelling to ensure that they are aware of any changes made to entry requirements and restrictions. Click together with CIBT provides you and your travelers with an entry guide as an up to date and authoritative source for all your travel needs. It provides the most relevant information related to COVID-19 such as quarantine measures, mask requirements and curfews as well as visa requirements so that preparations can be reviewed before, during, and after booking a trip.
Overall FCO guidance - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
IATA has also created a destination tracker which is free to use and also has access to see a quick overview of travel opportunities and what measures to expect at the traveller's destination HERE
General Traveller Advice
Maintain good hand and personal hygiene
Observe social distancing advice and keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
Wear masks when necessary, and ensure if travelling overseas that you have several protective face masks with you as all carriers and many countries require both the nose and mouth to be covered in public locations – be aware that some airlines recommend changing your face mask every four hours
Have plenty of sanitising wipes and gel (maintaining the 100ml limit for hand-luggage) with you
Have your own pen for filling out health declarations and other forms
It's advisable to have a recognised credit card which has a suitable credit limit, should it be needed in case of an emergency
Many airlines have adjusted and continue to adjust their schedules to reflect the changing demand on global travel as a result of the outbreak. Where we are made aware of specific cancellations / schedule changes we will make contact with affected bookers/travellers.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
Difficulty in breathing
Further information available here - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/