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Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors

All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended.

Travel corridors suspended

Travel corridors were suspended 4am, 18 January 2021.

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England.

See a list of countries from where travel to the UK is currently banned.

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Countries, territories and regions on the travel corridor list

You do not need to self-isolate if you’re travelling to England from one of the countries, territories or regions listed on this page. You must have spent the last 10 days in one of these places, or in the UK.

If you visited somewhere that is not on the list in the 10 days before your arrival in England, you will need to self-isolate. Visiting includes making a transit stop.

You will still need to complete the passenger locator form before you enter the UK.

Travel corridors list

All travel corridors were suspended 4am, 18 January 2021.

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Updates to the travel corridor list

Countries, territories or regions removed from the travel corridor list

All travel corridors are suspended.

The following countries, territories and regions were removed from the exempt list at 4am, Monday 18 January.

If you arrive in England from any of these countries, territories or regions after 4am Monday 18 January, you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from any of these countries, territories or regions before 4am Monday 18 January, you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

The following countries and territories were removed from the exempt list at 4am, Saturday 16 January:

If you arrive in England from Aruba, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, or Qatar after 4am Saturday 16 January, you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from Aruba, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba or Qatar before 4am Saturday 16 January, you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

The following countries and territories were removed from the exempt list at 4am, Friday 15 January:

  • the Azores
  • Madeira
  • Chile

If you arrive in England from the Azores, Madeira or Chile after 4am Friday 15 January, you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from the Azores, Madeira or Chile before 4am Friday 15 January, you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm Al-Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah) was removed from the exempt list at 4am Tuesday 12 January.

If you arrive in England from the United Arab Emirates after 4am Tuesday 12 January, you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from the United Arab Emirates before 4am Tuesday 12 January, you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

Countries, territories or regions added to the travel corridor list

No countries, territories or regions have been added to the travel corridor list.

Travel corridor exemption rules

Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive in the UK. This applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK.

You do not have to self-isolate on arrival in England if, during the last 10 days, you have only been somewhere on the travel corridor exempt list, or in the UK.

If you visit somewhere that is not exempt

You will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you visit somewhere that is not exempt in the 10 days before you arrive. Visiting includes making a transit stop.

You will need to self-isolate for up to 10 days - the exact number of days depends on when you left the non-exempt country, territory or region.

Example

You are in a country that is not on the travel corridor list - a ‘non-exempt’ country. You leave the non-exempt country and you spend 2 days in a country that is on the travel corridor list.

After 2 days you travel to England. You will only need to self-isolate for 8 days when you arrive in England.

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, territory or region not on the travel corridor 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, territory or region:

  • 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, territory or region and you don’t stop there.

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

Test to release scheme

Under the Test to Release for International Travel scheme people returning to England who need to self-isolate will be able to take a COVID test with a private test provider to see if they can end their self-isolation early.

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, territories and regions.

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.

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

National lockdown

National lockdown restrictions apply in England. Find out about the restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

Travelling abroad from the UK – foreign travel advice

You should check the COVID-19 foreign travel guidance before you travel.

If you travel abroad, you will have to follow the coronavirus rules in the place you travel to. This may include self-isolating, providing your details to local authorities, testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.

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

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 18 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Travel corridors suspended.

  2. Travel corridors to be suspended from 4am Monday 18 January.

  3. The Azores, Chile and Madeira removed from travel corridors exempt list 4am Friday 15 January.

  4. Aruba, the Azores, Bonaire/St Eustatius/Saba, Chile, Madeira and Qatar will be removed from the exempt list at 4am Saturday 16 January.

  5. Added information about coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people travelling to England.

  6. The United Arab Emirates was removed from the exempt list at 4am on 12 January 2021.

  7. United Arab Emirates will be removed from the exempt list at 4am Tuesday 12 January.

  8. Botswana, Israel (and Jerusalem), Mauritius and Seychelles removed from the exempt list at 4am Saturday 9 January.

  9. Botswana, Israel (and Jerusalem), Mauritius and Seychelles will be removed from the exempt list at 4am Saturday 9 January.

  10. Namibia, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands removed from the exempt list at 4am Saturday 19 December.

  11. Namibia, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands will be removed from the exempt list at 4am Saturday 19 December.

  12. Self-isolation period on arrival in England changed from 14 days to 10 days.

  13. Botswana and Saudi Arabia added to the exempt list at 4am 12 December. The Canary Islands removed from the list at 4am 12 December.

  14. Botswana and Saudi Arabia will be added to the exempt list at 4am 12 December. The Canary Islands will be removed from the list at 4am 12 December.

  15. Aruba, Bhutan, Mongolia, the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste added to exempt list 4am 28 November. Estonia and Latvia removed from the list 4am 28 November.

  16. Aruba, Bhutan, Mongolia, the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste will be added to exempt lists 4am 28 November. Estonia and Latvia will be removed from the list 4am 28 November.

  17. Bonaire / St Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands added to exempt list.

  18. Bonaire / St Eustatius / Saba, Israel, Jerusalem, Namibia, Northern Mariana Islands, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands will be added to exempt lists for England, Northern Ireland and Wales 4am, Saturday 21 November.

  19. Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Laos, Qatar, UAE and Turks and Caicos Islands added to the list 4am 14 November. Greece, except the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos removed from the list 4am 14 November.

  20. Bahrain, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, Laos, Qatar, UAE and Turks and Caicos Islands will be added to the list 4am 14 November. Greece, except the islands of Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos will be removed from the list 4am 14 November.

  21. Germany and Sweden removed from travel corridors exempt list 4am, Saturday 7 November.

  22. Denmark will be removed from travel corridors exempt list at 4am 6 November 2020.

  23. Germany and Sweden will be removed from the travel corridors exempt list 4am, Saturday 7 November.

  24. Cyprus and Lithuania removed from travel corridors exempt list 4am 1 November 2020.

  25. Cyprus and Lithuania will be removed from the travel corridors exempt list 4am, Sunday 1 November.

  26. The Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos added to the list 4am 25 October. Liechtenstein removed from the list 4am 25 October.

  27. The Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives and Mykonos will be added to the list 4am 25 October. Liechtenstein will be removed from the list 4am 25 October.

  28. Crete added to list 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020. Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State removed from list 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020.

  29. Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State will be removed from the England travel corridors list at 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020. Crete will be added to the list at 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020.

  30. Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 10 October 2020.

  31. Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos and Zakynthos will be added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 10 October 2020.

  32. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, Poland and Turkey removed from the England travel corridors list at 4am, Saturday 3 October 2020.

  33. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, Poland and Turkey will be removed from the England travel corridors list at 4am, Saturday 3 October 2020.

  34. Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia removed from the travel corridors list at 4am, Saturday 26 September 2020.

  35. Curaçao, Denmark, Iceland and Slovakia will be removed from the England travel corridors list at 4am, Saturday 26 September 2020.

  36. Singapore and Thailand added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020. Guadeloupe and Slovenia removed from the list at 4am Saturday 19 September.

  37. Singapore and Thailand to be added to the England travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 19 September 2020. Guadeloupe and Slovenia to be removed from the list at 4am Saturday 19 September.

  38. French Polynesia, Hungary, Portugal and Réunion removed from the travel corridors list at 4am Saturday 12 September 2020. Sweden added to the list at 4am Saturday 12 September.

  39. French Polynesia, Hungary, Portugal and Réunion to be removed from the travel corridors list at 4am Saturday 12 September 2020. Sweden to be added to the list at 4am Saturday 12 September.

  40. Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Wednesday 9 September 2020.

  41. Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos to be removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Wednesday 9 September 2020.

  42. Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 29 August 2020. Cuba added to the list at 4am Saturday 29 August.

  43. Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland to be removed from the exempt list for arrivals from 4am, Saturday, 29 August 2020.

  44. Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 22 August. Portugal added to the list at 4am Saturday 22 August.

  45. Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago to be removed from the travel corridor list at 4am Saturday 22 August. Portugal to be added to the list at 4am Saturday 22 August.

  46. France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba removed from the exempt list.

  47. 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.

  48. Brunei and Malaysia added to list.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  55. First published.