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Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

List of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.

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Coronavirus regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK.

This applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK.

Exemption rules

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below. That is because these countries and territories are either:

  • covered by the travel corridor exemption
  • within the common travel area - Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man
  • British overseas territories

You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.

This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

Example of when you would need to self-isolate

You are in a country that is not on the travel corridor exempt list. You travel to a country that is on the list and you stay there for 4 days from the day after you arrive. You then travel to England.

When you get to England, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days, not the usual 14 days. That is because you have spent 4 of the 14 days in a country that is on the exempt list.

Transit stops

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to coaches, ferries, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:

  • new passengers get on
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:

  • no new passengers get on
  • no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  • passengers get off but do not get back on

Private vehicles

You don’t need to self-isolate if you travel through a non-exempt country and you don’t stop in the country.

If you do make a stop, you don’t need to self-isolate if:

  • no new people get into the vehicle
  • no-one in the vehicle gets out, mixes with other people, and gets in again

You do need to self-isolate if you make a stop and:

  • new people get into the vehicle, or
  • someone gets out of the vehicle, mixes with other people and gets in again

FCO travel advice and your stay abroad

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel.

You will have to comply with coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to. This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities.

FCO travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to a country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.

Before and while you are travelling, check:

Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in case you have unexpected costs.

Arrival in the UK – passenger locator form

You must show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border.

This applies to people entering the UK from all countries.

It applies to UK residents and visitors.

You should complete the form before you enter the UK.

You can complete it any time in the 48 hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK.

Make sure you leave yourself enough time to complete it. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK.

The form is an online form. You will need an internet connection and details of your journey to complete it.

Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence.

There are a small number people who don’t have to complete the form because of their work. People on domestic flights and people arriving from Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands also don’t have to complete the form.

Updates to the travel corridor list

We will keep the conditions in these countries and territories under review. If they worsen we will reintroduce self-isolation requirements.

Countries or territories removed from the exempt list

The following countries and territories will be removed from the travel corridor list at 4am, Saturday 15 August 2020:

  • Aruba
  • France
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • the Netherlands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

If you arrive in England from the above countries or territories after 4am 15 August, you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrive in England from the above countries or territories before 4am 15 August you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

The following countries were removed from the travel corridor list at 4am, Saturday 8 August 2020:

  • Andorra
  • The Bahamas
  • Belgium

If you arrive in England from Andorra, The Bahamas or Belgium after 4am 8 August you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from Andorra, The Bahamas or Belgium before 4am 8 August you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

Luxembourg was removed from the exempt list on Friday 31 July 2020.

If you arrive in England from Luxembourg on or after 31 July you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from Luxembourg before 31 July you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

Countries or territories added to the exempt list

The following countries were added to the exempt list at 4am on Tuesday 11 August 2020:

  • Brunei
  • Malaysia

If you arrive in England from one of the above countries after 4am 11 August you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

If you arrived in England from one of the above countries before 4am 11 August, you will need to self-isolate.

Countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England

You may not have to self-isolate if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below.

You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England.

This list may be added to following further discussions between the UK and international partners.

If you have coronavirus symptoms

Do not travel if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Tell a member of the staff or crew if you develop symptoms while travelling.

Published 3 July 2020
Last updated 13 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba to be removed from the exempt list for arrivals from 4am Saturday 15 August 2020.

  2. Brunei and Malaysia added to list.

  3. Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium will be removed from the exempt list for arrivals at 4am, 8 August 2020.

  4. Luxembourg removed from the exempt list for arrivals from 31 July 2020.

  5. Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines added to the exempt list.

  6. Spain removed from the exempt list for arrivals from 26 July 2020.

  7. Arrivals from Serbia to England removed from the exempt list.

  8. More information on transit stops, passengers arriving in England before 10 July 2020 and British overseas territories.

  9. First published.