Travel Restrictions Entering the United Kingdom from Afghanistan

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom.

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Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

PARTIALLY OPEN

Transit is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Policies
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Cases Per Million
1,363.08
Increased by-38.66
at 1/25/2022
Vaccinated
76.61%
Increased by0.18%
at 1/24/2022
Return Status
RESTRICTED

Travel is restricted

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Description

Travelers are allowed to enter the United Kingdom. Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements for your specific destination before traveling.

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Start Date
12/15/2021
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Allowed

Transit is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Description

Vaccinated travelers are allowed to transit through London Heathrow Airport following the listed procedures.

Travelers should check the travel restrictions of their destination country to make sure they can transit through the UK.

Most transit travelers are required to:

  • Stay at the airport. Travelers that leave the airport may be required to quarantine;
  • Fill out the passenger locator form before arrival.

Travelers not leaving the international departure area are not required to book a COVID-19 testing package, fill the passenger locator form or undergo quarantine.

Please see the source for more details.

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Start Date
12/7/2021
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Visas

Before You Leave

Not Required

No proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test required for vaccinated travelers

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusinessTransit
Description

Travelers with vaccination certificates recognized by the UK are not required to have a negative pre-travel COVID-19 test result before traveling to the United Kingdom.

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Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 testing package for vaccinated travelers

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Description

Fully vaccinated travelers must book a COVID-19 testing package before their arrival in the UK.

Fully vaccinated travelers must take a single COVID-19 test as soon as they arrive in the UK up until the end of day 2.

Fully vaccinated travelers must arrange to take COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow tests.

Travelers staying in the UK for less than 2 days are still required to book the tests, even if they will no longer be in the UK on the dates of the tests. They only need to take the tests if they’re still in the country on those dates. Travelers may use a provider recommended by the UK government or use a provider of their choice while ensuring the test meets the outlined requirements.

Effective February 11th, 2022, travelers who qualify as fully vaccinated will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test after arrival.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers aged 4 years and younger for England;
  • Travelers under the age of 11 for Scotland;
  • Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions such as aircraft pilots and crew, diplomatic missions, port workers, and many others;
  • Travelers from the CTA (Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Channel Islands) and who have been there in the past 10 days.
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Mandatory

Mandatory passenger locator form

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusinessTransit
Description

Travelers, including some 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.

Travelers transiting through England who are not required to pass through UK border control are exempt from this requirement.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Description

Vaccination certificates issued in selected countries are not recognized by the UK government. Please check the source for a list of vaccines and certificates that are accepted by the UK government.

Travelers who cannot present a vaccination certificate that meets the UK government requirements must follow the testing and quarantine rules for unvaccinated travelers. Travelers are considered fully vaccinated if they have had the final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the arrival date in the UK and have a vaccination certificate from a country approved by the UK government.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 18 who are residents in the UK or a country or territory which has approved proof of vaccination.
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival for vaccinated travelers

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Description

Travelers with a vaccination certificate recognized by the UK must book a travel test package prior to travel. Travelers must take a single COVID-19 test as soon as they arrive in the UK up until the end of day 2.

Fully vaccinated travelers must book a COVID-19 PCR or lateral flow test.

Effective February 11th, 2022, travelers who qualify as fully vaccinated will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test after arrival.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers aged 4 years and younger, however, must quarantine until their responsible adult receives their day 2 test back;
  • Travelers from the CTA (Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Channel Islands) and who have been there in the past 10 days;
  • Travelers with a medical condition that means they cannot take a test, must present a note from a medical practitioner at check-in and to Border Force staff on arrival.
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Not Required

Mandatory 10-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers

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Description

Travelers from selected countries that do not have vaccination certificates recognized by the UK government are required to follow the rules for unvaccinated travelers and quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK.

Effective February 11th, 2022, travelers will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival in England or Scotland. Different requirements may apply to travelers going to Wales or Northern Ireland.

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The requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers with an approved vaccine and vaccination proof from an approved country. Please check the source for more details;
  • Travelers under the age of 18.
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Possible

Health pass may be required for public activity

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Description

Travelers may be required to present a health pass before participating in certain venues and events. The health pass consists of one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination;
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours;
  • A valid proof of exemption.
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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 18.
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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travelers are required to wear masks in public transportation and crowded and indoor public places where social distancing can not be maintained such as shops, malls, post offices, banks, galleries, and others.

Effective January 27th, 2022, travelers are recommended to wear a face-covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with other people they do not normally meet.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 11.
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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
1,363.08
Increased by-38.66
at 1/25/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
6.74%
Increased by-0.58%
at 1/23/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
76.61%
Increased by0.18%
at 1/24/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
52,252,579
Increased by118,968
at 1/24/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
0.84
Decreased by0.11
at 1/23/2022

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

Local Guidelines

Throughout England, most restrictions have been lifted and people are advised to use their own personal judgment to manage their own risk. The 'NHS COVID Pass' as proof of vaccination or negative testing may be required to access late-night venues or to attend events. For further information on official guidelines for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and specific regions of England, please visit https://www.gov.uk/govern...
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Use of mask

Required
Face masks are required in shops, transport hubs, and on public transportation.

Public transportation

Operating
Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Open
Restaurants are open as usual.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are mostly open as usual, customers may need to show an NHS COVID Pass.

Nightclubs

Restrictions in place
Nightclubs are mostly open as usual, customers may need to show an NHS COVID Pass.

Shops

Open
Shops are open as usual but may set their own safety measures, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing measures.

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