From architecture that spans back thousands of years such as the famous Roman baths to the cultures, landscapes and traditions, the UK is without a doubt is one of the most beautiful places to be on earth.
Traveling to the UK is now possible for tourists from many countries to help cure that wanderlust that is still burning bright is so many of us.
Here are all the most recent UK COVID-19 entry requirements and everything you need to know before you go.
Important Update 2021
Starting January 5, 2021, the UK is in a nationwide lockdown for 6 weeks. During this time, leisure travel is not permitted. While technically the entry requirements for travelers are the same, hotel stays are banned, all retail is shut and there are restrictions about visiting private households, which effectively stop all tourism.
Any traveler looking to enter the UK should rebook their trip for a later date.
Entry requirements continue below….
Public Health Passenger Locator Form
All visitors are required to fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before they arrive in the United Kingdom.
Failure to do so could result in being denied entry into the UK or fined £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details.
Fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form
Note* You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from Ireland, The Channel Islands and The Isle of Man and you were there for 14 days or more:
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Starting Monday, January 18, 2021, proof of a negative PCR test will be required by all arriving passengers into England, including citizens.
The PCR test needs to be performed with results available no more than 72 hours prior to arrival.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
The UK’s “Travel Corridors” have been suspended for at least 4 weeks, starting Monday January 18, 2021. 60+ nations were on the travel corridor list at the time of suspension.
All arrivals will have to quarantine for 10 days.
Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
Arrivals from 30 high-risk nations, including UK citizens, will now have to complete their 10-day quarantine at a specified hotel, determined by the government. Arrivals from these ‘red’ countries will be escorted from the airport and placed into hotel quarantine at their cost.
Test To Release Program
Starting on December 15, 2020, the UK implemented a new ‘test to release’ program for all arrivals coming from high-risk nations (nations not on the travel corridor list.)
All arrivals coming from high-risk nations will have to quarantine for 10-days, but they can perform a PCR test on day 5, and upon receiving the negative results, can leave quarantine early.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the UK
All visitors must abide by the following COVID-19 health requirements while in United Kingdom
Face coverings must be worn in enclosed public spaces in England including subways, railways, bus stations and airports. Follow all social distancing signs.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have varying rules for face coverings.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
The United Kingdom has not made any announcements regarding if a proof of vaccination record will be required for entry in the future.
Visa Entry Requirements For the United Kingdom During COVID-19
All travelers will still need to follow U.K. visa requirements. United Kingdom embassies around the world have reopened for visa applications.
Many countries are able to visit the UK for up to 90 days without a visa.
Check if you need a visa to enter the United Kingdom with this easy government tool.
Disclaimer: Current UK travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
Article originally published August 16, 2020 with updates