Partially Open

United Kingdom

  • MasksRequired
  • COVID TestPCR required to enter
  • RestaurantsOpen for takeout and delivery
  • Quarantine10 days self-quarantine
  • Public TransportationReduced
Updated: February 24, 2021
Reviewed: February 24, 2021


The United Kingdom is open for most travelers with varying conditions for different origin countries. Travel from certain countries is banned due to the new strain. Some restrictions are re-imposed domestically due to a spike in cases.

Can I travel to the UK?

  • It is possible to travel to the UK, under some restrictions.
  • Travel from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Seychelles and Mauritius is banned, as well as travel from South American countries. Only UK citizens and residents arriving from these countries may enter.

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

  • Anyone arriving the United Kingdom will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days, and fill in a passenger locator form.
  • Permitted arrivals from high-risk countries, will be required to quarantine in approved hotels.
  • 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.

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

  • All arrivals to the UK must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
  • All arrivals will be tested again on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine.
  • Anyone entering the UK will be required to fill in an online form providing journey and contact details.

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 takeout and delivery only.

Are businesses and attractions open in the UK?

Non-essential businesses and attractions in the UK are closed.

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

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

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