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.
Editors Note: The UK has changed entry requirements constantly. Always triple check your own itinerary, eligibility and current rules before you travel.
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
Country Color Categories and Rules
As of December 17, 2021, all countries have been removed from UK’s red list.
Entry Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers
Effective November 22nd, the UK will start accepting Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin as valid proof of vaccination. The list of accepted vaccines currently includes Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax, Covaxin, Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Oxford/AstraZeneca (including Covishield).
If you are fully vaccinated, you need to have a valid proof of vaccination. You would also need to pre-book and pay for a PCR test, which you will take upon arrival.
Update: Starting February 11, 2022, fully-vaccinated visitors no longer need to take a COVID test prior to or after arrival.
Entry Requirements for Unvaccinated Travelers
If you are unvaccinated, you must present proof of a negative PCR test, with results available no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. You must also prebook and pay for a PCR test after arrival.
Testing & Quarantine Entry Requirements
Pre-flight 48-hour test, plus an after-arrival test within 2 days after entering. Unvaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the UK
All visitors must abide by the following COVID-19 health requirements while in United Kingdom
As of January 26, 2022, England has scrapped most of its COVID-restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing.
Vaccine passports are also no longer required for anything, and there are zero limits on gatherings, events, restaurants, and bars.
As of January 24, 2022, Scotland has removed mandates on social distancing and large indoor events.
However, a vaccine-passport is still required for some indoor events. Mandatory mask-wearing in public transportation, churches, bars, and shops will also be enforced.
The Welsh government has announced easing of several restrictions beginning January 15, 2022. There are now no limits on those attending outdoor events and nightclubs were allowed to reopen.
However, COVID passes are still required for large events, cinemas, nightclubs, and theaters.
Masks are still required for most indoor public areas, including public transportation and shops. However, they are not mandatory in places where food and drink are served.
Starting January 26, 2022, COVID passes are only required for nightclubs and indoor unseated and partially-seated events with over 500 people.
Mask-wearing is still mandatory on all indoor spaces that are accessible to the public. This includes public transportation and terminals, in taxis, coaches, private buses, shops, and cinemas.
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Starting February 11, 2022, all vaccinated travelers from all nations are allowed entry.
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.
UK Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
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