International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Restricted

Entry into United Kingdom From Costa Rica is Restricted

Description

Travelers who have been in selected countries that are Red listed in the past 10 days are not allowed to enter the United Kingdom. Direct flights have been suspended until further notice.

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The 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.

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UK Government
Start Date
6/8/2021
Updated
6/9/2021

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory managed quarantine package

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UK Government
Start Date
6/8/2021
Updated
6/9/2021
Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers must have a valid negative COVID-19 (NAAT: PCR or LAMP, or antigen) test result in English, French, or Spanish. The test must be taken within 3 days before departure of the last direct flight to the United Kingdom. The antigen 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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Travelers exempted from this restriction are:

  • Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the United Kingdom, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey), Ascension, Falkland Islands, St Helena, Myanmar;
  • 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 Nucleic Acid Test Up To 3 days Before Final Boarding
  • 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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UK Government
Start Date
1/18/2021
Updated
6/9/2021
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 within 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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Travellers do not have to fill out the form if they’re travelling 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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UK Government
Start Date
6/8/2020
Updated
6/9/2021

On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 10-day quarantine and testing

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Description

Travelers who have been in selected countries that are 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
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UK Government
Start Date
6/8/2021
Updated
6/9/2021

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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UK Government
Start Date
6/15/2020
Updated
6/9/2021

COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in United Kingdom.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
94.64
Decreased by35.00
at 6/11/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
0.60%
Decreased by0.10%
at 6/9/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
60.53%
Increased by1.68%
at 6/10/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
41,088,485
Increased by1,138,791
at 6/10/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.48
Decreased by0.10
at 6/9/2021

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

Local Guidelines

General

Restrictions are gradually lifting across the country. For further information on official guidelines for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and specific regions of England, please visit https://www.gov.uk/govern...

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
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Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in enclosed environments, including while on public transport, and when social distancing rules cannot be respected.

Public transportation

local guidelines for public transportation
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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating with social distancing rules in place.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
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Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Guidance may vary depending on the region visited.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Restrictions in place
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Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Guidance may vary depending on the region visited.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
Status
Closed
Severity
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Nightclubs are closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops are open with adapted specific safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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