Foreign travel advice


Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

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

Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Travel to Romania may be subject to entry restrictions

On 25 March 2021, the Romanian Government announced that travellers arriving from the UK no longer need to have had a negative PCR test before flying, or present evidence of vaccination, or to self-isolate on arrival to Romania.

Otherwise, restrictions implemented since 1 January 2021 continue to remain in place; UK nationals and non-EU/EEA nationals resident in the UK are not permitted to enter Romania for non-essential purposes.

Essential travel is still permitted and exemptions are in place for family members of Romanian, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, business travellers, film crews, hauliers, students and diplomatic and consular staff, who will need to show proof of the applicable exemption, with a visa, residence permit or an equivalent document issued either by the Romanian authorities or by the authorities of other states, in accordance with EU law.

These restrictions do not apply to UK nationals who are legally resident in Romania, who will need to show proof of residency to re-enter Romania.

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.

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

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

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 Romania, 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.

Most visits to Romania are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Romania, read the Living in Romania guide in addition to this travel advice.

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

If you need to contact the emergency services in Romania call 112.

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

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.