We’re still living with COVID-19 even as restrictions continue to ease and travel options open up again. It’s really important to be clued up on what you’ll have to do in order to travel to the UK during COVID-19. Furthermore, more companies than ever are not undertaking health surveillance and increased covid testing within companies so employees can work safely (source: NPH Group).
Here, we provide you with the latest information about travelling to the UK during the pandemic as restrictions start to ease.
Travelling to the UK from another country during COVID-19
If you’re hoping to travel to the UK from another country, you’ll have to check you’re eligible depending on what region of the UK you’re travelling to. Always make sure that you have prepared and can afford to pay for the necessary covid tests, and always look at the alternatives to payday loans with regards to getting the money you need to pay for the tests to enter the UK, to avoid falling into debt.
Travelling to England
If you are fully vaccinated, you must complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England. You do not need to take COVID-19 tests before or after arriving in England, and you do not have to quarantine on arrival.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a COVID-19 test and complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in England, and also book (booking reference will need to entered in your passenger locator form) and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test to be taken when you arrive in England.
After you arrive in England, you do not need to quarantine on arrival. You must take the PCR COVID-19 test you booked and paid for before your trip any time before the end of day 2 – the day you arrive in England is day 0. If the test shows as positive or unclear, you need to isolate.
Children aged 17 and under will not be required to take any COVID-19 travel tests or quarantine on arrival in England. Some countries do require children to test at the start of their journey, so be sure to check this.
There are separate guidelines for those with medical or work-related vaccination exemptions, as well as for those transiting through England. The rules are also different if you’re travelling from a red list country or territory in the 10 days before travelling to England.
Travelling to Scotland
If you are fully vaccinated, you must complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in Scotland, including your flight details and address in Scotland. You need to be able to prove that you’ve been fully vaccinated (for at least 14 days) using either the NHS Scotland Vaccine Status app or the European Digital COVID Certificate. There’s different ways to prove your vaccine status if you were vaccinated in the US or a country not covered by these.
The current rules for unvaccinated travellers travelling to Scotland is the same for those travelling to England.
Travelling to Wales
If you are fully vaccinated, you must be able to prove your vaccination status after you have declared your vaccination status on your passenger locator form. To do this, you can use the NHS COVID PASS.
There is separate guidance for children travelling to Wales.
Travelling to Northern Ireland
If you are fully vaccinated and travelling to Northern Ireland (NI), you must complete a passenger locator form in the 48 hours before you arrive in NI. This is increasing to 36 hours on 28th February 2022. You must also be able to prove that you are fully vaccinated with a document from a national or state level public health body.
If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’ll still have to complete a passenger locator form, but you’ll also have to book and pay for a pre-departure PCR or LFD COVID-19 test and take it within 48 hours before you travel. You are also required to book and pay for a PCR post-arrival test which needs to be taken on or before day 2 post after arrival – the day you arrive in NI is day 0.
In all cases, if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result you will be unable to travel to the UK.