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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.  

Bridge in london with tourist at sunrise

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:

Belfast Northen Ireland city hall with tourists shopping

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.

Tourist wearing face mask in front of Big ben in london (1)

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.

Important Note: Quarantine requirements may vary in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

Travel insurance is not mandatory but all incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to the UK.

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.

Northern Ireland Lockdown

Please be aware that Northern Ireland is going into a 6-week lockdown starting December 26 that will greatly affect any travelers looking to visit during that time. 

Traveler wearing face mask in london subway

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.

Castle in Wales

UK Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1.  Fill out the Public Health Passenger Locator Form
  2. Check if your country requires a visa to visit the United Kingdom
  3. Check the latest countries exempt from quarantine.
  4. Follow all UK health protocols

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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

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