International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into United Kingdom From Afghanistan is Restricted

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Selected countries is on the red list. Travelers who have been in countries on the red list in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter the United Kingdom.

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Entry restrictions do not apply to:

  • British nationals;
  • Irish nationals;
  • Travelers with residence rights in the UK.

For more information on entry exemptions, please contact the closest UK Embassy.

Start Date
8/30/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers must have a valid negative COVID-19 (PCR, LAMP, or antigen) test result in English, French, or Spanish. The test must be taken any time in the 3 days before departure of the last direct flight to the United Kingdom. Travelers arriving directly to England on Friday could take a test any time on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The test result must be available for boarding. The test should meet at least 97% specificity and 80% sensitivity.

This requirement applies to all travelers including United Kingdom citizens, residents, and all transit passengers.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey), Ascension, Falkland Islands, St Helena;
  • Travelers to the UK for urgent medical treatment or with a documented medical condition that means they can not take the test;
  • Travelers under the age of 11.

For more details, please see the source.

Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 3 days Before Final Boarding
  • A Lamp Test Up To 3 days Before Final Boarding
  • A Antigen Test Up To 3 days Before Final Boarding
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Mandatory

Mandatory passenger locator form

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Description

Travelers, including transit passengers, are required to complete a public health passenger locator form online before departure to the UK. The form must be submitted a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in the UK. Travelers must show either a printed copy or an online copy of the form on their phone at the UK border.

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Travelers do not have to fill out the form if they’re traveling from one of the following places, and they were there for 14 days or more:

  • Ireland;
  • The Channel Islands;
  • The Isle of Man;
  • United Kingdom.
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 10-day quarantine and testing

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Description

Selected countries is on the red list. Travelers who have been in countries on the red list in the last 10 days are required to book and pay for a Managed Quarantine Package prior to travel. On arrival, they must quarantine for 10 days at a government quarantine hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests during the quarantine.

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This does not apply to those who have only traveled from a point elsewhere in the Common Travel Area and haven't been outside that area in the previous 10 days.

Minimum Number of Days
10 days
Start Date
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While You're There

Recommended

Masks are recommended in public

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Description

Travelers are recommended to wear masks on public transportation.

Start Date
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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in United Kingdom.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
459.11
Increased by-107.85
at 9/15/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
3.20%
Increased by-0.30%
at 9/13/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
71.08%
Increased by0.24%
at 9/14/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
48,480,178
Increased by160,743
at 9/14/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.91
Increased by-0.20
at 9/13/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

Throughout England, most restrictions have been lifted and people are advised to use their own personal judgement to manage their own risk. For further information on official guidelines for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and specific regions of England, please visit https://www.gov.uk/govern...
Last Checked
9/16/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Recommended
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Face masks are recommended in enclosed environments and on public transportation. Private businesses and workplaces may set their own policies or guidance.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Operating
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Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Open
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Restaurants are open open as usual without limits to capacity or group size.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Open
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Bars are open open as usual without limits to capacity or group size.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Open
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Nightclubs are open open as usual without limits to capacity or group size.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Open
Severity
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Shops are open as usual but may set their own safety measures, such as the use of hand sanitizer and mask requirements.

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