United Kingdom

  • MasksRequired in some areas
  • COVID TestTest/certificate required to enter
  • RestaurantsOpen
  • QuarantineIn some cases
  • Public TransportationOperating
Updated: November 30, 2021
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General

The United Kingdom is open for most travelers with varying conditions for different origin countries. Domestic restrictions are being gradually lifted, as part of the UK's re-opening plan.

Can I travel to the UK?

  • It is possible to travel to the UK, under some restrictions.
  • All arrivals must fill in a passenger locator form.
  • Traveling from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia is banned.

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to the UK?

  • Unvaccinated arrivals to the United Kingdom from any country will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days. Vaccinated arrivals are exempt.
  • You may be fined up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details, and up to £10,000 if you do not self-quarantine.
  • Arrivals from red list countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel facility for 10 days at their own expense, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Vaccinated arrivals must quarantine for 2 days and can leave self-isolation if they can provide a negative PCR.

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to the UK?

  • All arrivals to the UK must present a negative PCR, Antigen or LAMP test, no older than 72 hours. Vaccinated arrivals are exempt from this requirement.
  • All arrivals will be tested again on day 2, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Those who are required to quarantine will be tested again on day 8.

Is public transportation open in the UK?

Public transportation in the UK is operating in reduced capacity and under social distancing measures.

Are the restaurants and bars open in the UK?

Restaurants and bars in the UK are open for indoor and outdoor dining with limited capacity.

Are businesses and attractions open in the UK?

Non-essential businesses and attractions in the UK are open, with capacity limitations and health measures in place.

Scotland and Wales require COVID-19 vaccination proof to enter some facilities.

Do I need to wear a face mask in the UK?

Wearing face masks is recommended in enclosed public places, and on public transportation.

In Scotland, wearing face masks is required in enclosed public places.

Sources

  1. https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control
  2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers
  3. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
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