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What are the entry COVID-19 entry requirements for the UK?

With travel requirements regularly changing, we have compiled the entry requirements for the United Kingdom, including the separate guidance for each country.

Who can travel to the UK?

The UK has different rules in place depending on vaccination status. We have outlined the requirements for fully vaccinated travellers below:

England

Before travelling to England, you must take a COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test 2 days before you travel to England. You must also book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test as well as complete a passenger locator form 48hrs before you arrive in England. You must self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.

Northern Ireland

If you are travelling to Northern Ireland, you must ensure you are able to prove full vaccination status, take an Antigen or PCR test before you board your flight to Scotland and complete a Passenger Locator Form. You must also book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test. If your day 2 test is negative you may end your isolation period, if it is positive you must self-isolate for 10 days.

Scotland

If you are travelling to Scotland, you must ensure you are able to prove full vaccination status, take an Antigen or PCR test before you board your flight to Scotland and complete a Passenger Locator Form. You must also book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test.

Wales

Before travelling to Wales, you must take a COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test 2 days before you travel to Wales. You must also book and pay for a Day 2 PCR test as well as complete a passenger locator form 48hrs before you arrive in Wales. 

 

Please see the requirements below if you are unvaccinated for each country:

England

If you are not fully vaccinated you must complete a Passenger Locator Form, have proof of a negative test that is no more than 48hrs old and isolate at home or the place you are staying for 10 days. You must also book and pay for PCR tests on day 2 and 8 of your self-isolation period

Northern Ireland

If you are not fully vaccinated you must complete a Passenger Locator Form, have proof of a negative test that is no more than 48hrs old and isolate for 10 days. You must also book and pay for PCR tests on day 2 and 8 of your self-isolation period. 

Scotland

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 Antigen or PCR test before arriving in Scotland, complete a Passenger Locator Form and book a Day 2 PCR test and Day 8 PCR test. You must also self-isolate at home or the place you are staying for 10 days.

Wales

If you are not fully vaccinated you must complete a Passenger Locator Form, have proof a negative test that is no more than 48hrs old and isolate for 10 days. You must also book and pay for PCR tests on day 2 and 8 of your self-isolation period. 

Different rules apply if you are travelling from a red list country, to view the full list of countries on the red list please visit the relevant government websites for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before entering the UK?

All travellers entering the UK, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take an Antigen test before returning to the UK as well as a Day 2 PCR test. Until you receive a negative PCR test result, you MUST self-isolate.

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in the UK?

All UK arrivals must self-isolate until a Day 2 PCR negative result is logged. If you are unvaccinated, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days and take both Day 2 and Day 8 PCR tests.

To book your Antigen or PCR test at one of our locations, please visit our booking page.

If you require further information on travel entry requirements, testing requirements or other travel information, please check the UK Government travel guidance page.

*The information in this article was correct as of 09/12/21.

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