Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.


The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • The whole of Oman based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Oman is subject to entry restrictions

  • It is possible for British nationals to travel to Oman.
  • British nationals over the age of 16, you must have a PCR test no more than 72 hours before your arrival in Oman and complete an online pre-registration form. On landing, you must take a PCR test and self-isolate for 7 days. Self-isolation must be completed in a hotel at your own expense (exceptions apply – see International Travel section). A further PCR test must be taken on day 8.
  • If you are a British national under the age of 16, no PCR tests are required. For details of self-isolation requirements, see International Travel section.

  • You must have valid health insurance (covering coronavirus) to enter Oman.
  • Oman’s land borders were closed from Monday 18 January and will remain so until further notice.
  • From 25 February, British nationals (excluding healthcare workers) who have visited Lebanon, Sudan, South Africa, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia in the last 14 days (including transit) will not be permitted to enter Oman.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Oman, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

A limited schedule of international flights, including to the UK, has resumed.

Following the attack on the coalition base at Taji in Iraq on 11 March, and subsequent US airstrikes, tensions may be raised across the region. There is a possibility of an increased threat against Western interests, including against UK citizens. You should remain vigilant and keep up to date with the latest developments, including via the media and this travel advice.

Most visits to Oman are trouble-free. You should maintain a high level of security awareness and take care in public places and on the roads. Avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

Terrorist attacks in Oman can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Piracy remains a threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. See Sea travel

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.