Travellers are responsible for checking and conforming with the entry and exit requirements at their arrival and return destinations. Requirements may include temperature checks, proof of negative PCR Covid-19 tests or completion of forms.
Important Information - Requirements to Enter the UK
There are rules in place for entering the UK if travelling from overseas. However inbound travel from certain countries (as long as the traveller has not visited or stopped in any other country in the preceding 14 days) will be exempt from these rules. These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. 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, and not just being reliant on if the country is exempt from quarantine measures in the UK.
England will implement a 'Test to Release' strategy so that from the 15th of December, travellers arriving in England from a country not on the UK government’s travel corridors list 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 scheme must book a test before they travel and have to include details of the test on their passenger locator form.
After day five of the self-isolation period, and on receipt of a negative result, the traveller can immediately finish self-isolating and return to following the governing domestic rules for their region's tier.
If choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country, travellers must still continue to follow the current 14-day self-isolation requirements.
When these rules are in place, it is mandatory that 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 14 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 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
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.
Many airlines have introduced passenger requirements for wearing face masks, which must comply with their own safety guidelines. 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.
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: