Travelling to the UK 2021-22

Important update regardig travel to the UK

From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system below to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. If you are scheduled to arrive in England before 4 October, you must follow the current rules. Further information can be found on the government website.

 At the moment the rules around travelling to the UK from abroad is based on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK. To help travellers check what they need to do the UK Government have designated countries as ‘Red, Amber and Green’. 

The information below is to give you some basic advice about travel to the UK, but you must remember when you are planning to travel to the UK that the countries on the lists and the rules can change so must also check the UK Government website for the most up-to-date information.

Countries and territories can be moved between lists if conditions change. Sign up for an email alert to be notified when Government information is updated.

Red list countries

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. If you have a student visa or have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, then you have residency rights in the UK.

Hotel quarantine

If you arrive from a red list country, you will need to purchase a hotel quarantine package at a cost of £1,750 which includes the 10 days' accommodation and two Covid-19 tests from the day of arrival in England. When you arrive in the UK, you will be met by a member of the hotel quarantine team who will guide you to the hotel. You will be returned to the airport at the end of the 10 days for onward travel, including our free airport collection service if you are arriving at Birmingham or London Heathrow.

The UK Government website provides detailed information on what to expect when in hotel quarantine and how to book a hotel quarantine package.

Amber list countries

You will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day-8 covid test so long as:

  • you have been fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme. Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England. The day you have your final dose of the vaccine does not count as one of the 14 days.

  • you have not been in a red list country or France in the 10-days before you arrive in England.

You will need to:

  • declare that you have been fully vaccinated on your passenger locator form.

  • show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel.

The changes to the amber list rule for fully UK vaccinated people will not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day 2 and day 8 Covid-19 tests.

For further details on travel from red, amber, green countries please see the table below and the UK Government website.

 

Information on travelling from red, amber and green countries

 

 Red

 Amber (if you don’t meet the criteria above)

 Green

Before you arrive in England complete a passenger locator form

 Yes

 Yes

Yes 

In the three days before you arrive in England take Covid-19 test.

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Take a Covid-19 test on day 2 after you arrive in the UK (to be booked in advance). 

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Do I need to quarantine if a Covid-19 test result is positive?

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Must I self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace tells me I have travelled to England with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days

Yes, in Government hotel quarantine

 Yes

 No

Take a Covid-19 test on or before day-2 and day-8

 Yes

 Yes

 No (day 2 only)

Must I self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace tells me I have travelled to England with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

Can I end quarantine early if I pay for a private Covid-19 test?

 No

Yes,  using the Test to Release scheme.

Not applicable.

Quarantine in booked quarantine hotel including taking 2 COVID-19 tests. 

Yes. Visit the Government website for more information. 

No. Visit the Government website for more information. 

No. Visit the Government website for more information. 

Table last updated - 5 August 2021

Transit stops in amber or red list countries

When you arrive you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or teritory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops. 

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop. 

The rules of a country or territoty that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

  • new passengers get on and are ale to mix with you
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

If you travelled from a green list country but your flight connected in a red list country, you would have to quarantine in a government- approved hotel. 

Please visit the UK Government website for full details of the traffic light system. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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