United Kingdom

Covid Travel Restrictions to United Kingdom

Partial Restrictions

Britain’s rich history, the beauty of its rolling countryside, quaint brookside villages and it's wonderful architecture make it one of the most popular places to visit in the world. Despite its relatively small size (no city in Britain is more than 150 kilometers from the sea), Britain is packed to the brim with historical and cultural landmarks that are a must visit when making a trip to the British Isles.

Can I travel to United Kingdom?

Who can enter?

Passengers arriving from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore or St. Helena including – British nationals; – nationals of Ireland (Rep.); – residents of the United Kingdom

Rules for travelers

  1. Self-quarantine for 10 days is required for all countries. There are exemptions to this rule, mainly for lorry drivers, seasonal farmworkers, and coronavirus medics.

  2. Mandatory temperature check and thermal screening as per protocols
  3. If you fail to provide a negative COVID 19 test on arrival you will be subjected to 14 days compulsory quarantine.
  4. Compulsory to submit journey and contact details on arrival and Public Health Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival.

  5. All visitors must have travel health insurance covering COVID-19

Tourist Attractions
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Public Transport
Dining & Bars
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Covid-19 Cases (last 7 days)
Exceptions may apply, check full details here.
Last verified on: September 21, 2021

Is it safe traveling to United Kingdom?

The United Kingdom is one of the hard hit countries in Europe. The number of coronavirus cases per day is averaging at 21,000 according to official figures. With the authorities maintaining a [travel corridor](https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors#updates-to-the-travel-corridor-list), the rules of entry for all countries change frequently in order to accommodate the present scenario. As of now, the UK is following a strict lockdown until the 2nd of December to curb the spread of the virus.

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Entry requirements & travel restrictions

Do I have to quarantine on arrival?

If you are arriving from one of the countries that is not a part of the travel corridor list and visitors who have transited through one of the countries outside of the approved list in the last two weeks, will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?

Yes, all visitors entering the United Kingdom will go through a thorough health screening that includes a temperature check and a visual examination of the individual's well being.

Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?

No, there is no test conducted for COVID-19 upon arrival.

What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?

As of now, there is no test conducted upon arrival. If you show symptoms of the virus, you will have to get medical assistance immediately and self-quarantine if tested positive.

Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?

No, it is not mandatory to submit a negative PCR certificate on arrival. However, countries that do not come under the 'travel corridor' can submit a negative PCR test certificate 24 hours after arriving to be exempted from quarantine restrictions.

Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to United Kingdom?

Yes, a travel health insurance is mandatory if you're travelling to the UK. The insurance has to cover the expenses of COVID-19 during your stay.

Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?

No, there are no additional medical certificates required.

Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?

All visitors entering the United Kingdom have to submit a Passenger Locator Form 48 hours before arrival. The authorities update rules and documents required depending on the rate of infection in every country. Please refer to the official website of the UK for more information.

Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in United Kingdom?

  • Members of diplomatic missions and consular posts in the UK, officers, servants or representatives of international organisations, representatives at an international or UK conference granted privileges and immunities, and their families or dependents
  • Representatives of a foreign country or territory and representatives of the British overseas territories, along with their families or dependents travelling to the UK to undertake official business with the UK
  • Defense personnel, visiting forces and government contractors who the Ministry of Defense has confirmed are required to deliver essential defense activities
  • UK officials and contractors required to work on essential border security duties
  • Non-UK officials and contractors required to work on essential border security duties
  • Crown servants or government contractors travelling to the UK for essential government work
  • People who live in the UK but work in another country and travel between the UK and country of work at least once a week

Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?

Contact tracing app hasn't been introduced yet.

Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers

All visitors must abide by the following rules:

  • Face Masks: Face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces, all means of public transport, (subways, railways, bus stations and airports) places providing financial and personal services (banks, post offices, beauty salons, massage centres). Get more information HERE).

  • Social distancing: Try to keep a distance of 2 metre in public. Avoid greeting people with a handshake or a hug. 

  • Personal Hygiene: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. Always carry an alcohol based sanitizer in case soap and water is not available.

What is the current situation in United Kingdom?

Are there domestic travel restrictions in United Kingdom?

Visitors can commute within regions. Although, some areas have localized restrictions. You should follow local advice when travelling into, out of or within these areas.

Are hotels open in United Kingdom?

Most hotels have reopened the public with strict measures. Meetings of up to 30 people can be hosted indoors if social distancing can be maintained along with hygiene and COVID-19 safety protocols.

Are restaurants, cafes and bars in United Kingdom open?

Restaurants, cafes and bars have reopened in the UK. Bars and pubs with outdoor spaces can serve alcohol. All eateries are operating under strict hygiene measures.

Are flights operating?

Yes, domestic and international flights have resumed. Passengers are still being screened at the airports to ensure that air travel is safe for all. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.

Are trains operating?

Yes, train services have resumed at full capacity and frequency with the lifting of restrictions on domestic travel. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.

What is the status of local transportation?

Metro: Metro services across cities are running at limited capacity and frequency. Strict hygiene measures have been employed at metro stations as well as on board the trains to ensure the safety of passengers.

Buses: Buses operating between cities have resumed operations in limited frequency/capacity. Intercity buses and all forms of road transport have also resumed. Travelers are expected to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing practices.

Trams: Tram operations within cities have resumed at limited frequency and capacity.

Taxis: Taxi services have been resumed across all cities at limited capacity. Local city operators as well as app-based taxi services have resumed operations. Taxis are limited to 1/2 passengers per ride and strict hygiene and social distancing

Where to go in United Kingdom

The island of Britain is home to magical castles, quaint villages, stunning seaside towns and a history that goes back far into the ice ages and beyond. Discover some of the most popular and hidden gems in the United Kingdom and plan your first post-COVID trip.

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  • Downpatrick
  • Oxford
  • Kensington
  • Cheshire
  • Edinburgh
  • Luton
  • Belfast
  • Leeds
  • Worcestershire
  • Stoke
  • London
  • Richmond
  • Hampshire
  • Bristol
  • Highlands
  • Cotswolds

Things to do in United Kingdom

There are so many amazing things to do in the United Kingdom: from visiting the royal castle of Windsor and exploring the ancient ruins of the Stonehenge to taking a ride on the imposing London Eye and hiking along the glassy lochs of the north, the possibilities are endless.

New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in United Kingdom

According to the latest plan laid out by the British government, museums and attractions in the United Kingdom are expected to open their doors from the first week of July. Take a look at some of the most popular attractions in the country, their opening dates and all the new ticketing and visiting rules.

Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
📣 NEW RULESThe Shard
The Shard
📣 NEW RULESTower Bridge
Tower Bridge
📣 NEW RULESMadame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds
📣 NEW RULESRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
📣 NEW RULESWindsor Castle
Windsor Castle
📣 NEW RULESCotswolds
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

Away from the Crowd

While most visitors visit big cities like London and Manchester, you will not be disappointed if you decide to explore some of these lesser-known destinations. Check out the mystifying remains of Stonehenge, the ancient ruins of Roman baths and the stunning white cliffs of Dover.

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  • Leeds Castle
    Leeds Castle
  • The Kelpies
    The Kelpies
  • Windsor Castle
    Windsor Castle
  • Cotswolds
  • Warwick Castle
    Warwick Castle
  • Canterbury Cathedral
    Canterbury Cathedral
  • Salisbury Cathedral
    Salisbury Cathedral
  • Lake of Menteith
    Lake of Menteith
  • Blenheim Palace
    Blenheim Palace
  • Stonehenge
  • Stirling Castle
    Stirling Castle

Post COVID Travel Essentials for United Kingdom

You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.

Packing Essentials
  • N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.

  • Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.

  • Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.

  • Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.

  • Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.

  • Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.

  • Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.

Health & Hygiene
  • Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.

  • Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

  • Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.

Travel/Health Insurance

Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:

  • Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.

  • Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.

  • Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.

You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.

  • Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.

  • Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.

What to do in an Emergency

Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Troubled breathing
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.

Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in United Kingdom

Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we’ve lost our wanderlust. Join online experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, no matter where you are in the world.

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    Kensington Palace
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    Tower Bridge
  • virtual tour
    St Paul's Cathedral
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    Churchill War Rooms

Post COVID International Travel

The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.

The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.

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