Travellers are responsible for checking and confirming 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.
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 Information - is available on our general advice page
We know that when traveling by air for the first time since the impact of Covid-19 that some travellers may be anxious about their experience. IATA have issued traveller advice on simple things travellers can do to fly safe as detailed here -
IATA have also issued some traveller information on how onboard air is filtered and the assurances that it gives that flying is still a safe option -
The UK Government & NHS have issued traveller information for safe travelling, available here
Airlines have introduced compulsory passenger requirements for wearing face masks, which must comply with their own safety guidelines, with many enforcing the minimum requirements and now it is more frequent that passengers will be required to wear either a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask or mask with the KN95/N95 standard during boarding, the flight and when leaving the aircraft. Everyday masks are then no longer permitted for some airlines. Please check via your airline website before travelling to ensure boarding is not denied. Please also ensure that you have enough face masks with you to remain effective. Guidance suggests that face masks should be changed at least every 4 hours, or when they get wet or dirty.
On board, airlines have taken steps to reduce touch points between crew and passengers, including the removal of pillows and blankets, in-flight sales, and drinks, including the distribution of water bottles.
Some airports have also consolidated terminal usage, so travellers are advised to check which terminal they need before starting their journey to the airport:
Heathrow Airport Information - https://t2m.io/hDpwGhR7
Gatwick Information - https://t2m.io/Yg0JbmiY
Manchester Information - https://t2m.io/aGrDApGW
We encourage travellers to check the latest guidance from their airline directly on the airline website, this may include mandatory Covid-19 testing before travelling, regardless of destination. We have provided links to the top airlines used by Click travellers below: