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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 if you arrive in the UK from a country outside the common travel area.

The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories.

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 or territories are:

  • 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 list below. 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 back 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 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

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

Before your arrival in the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form. You must present these details on your arrival in England. This applies to both visitors and UK residents. There are a small number of groups of people who are exempt.

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 added to the exempt list

The following countries were added to the exempt list on Tuesday 28 July 2020:

  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines

If you arrive in England from one of the above countries on or after 28 July 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 28 July you will need to self-isolate.

Countries or territories removed from the exempt list

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.

Spain was removed from the exempt list on Sunday 26 July 2020.

If you arrive in England from Spain on or after 26 July you will need to self-isolate.

If you arrived in England from Spain before 26 July you may not need to self-isolate. Read the rules about when you need to self-isolate and for how long.

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 30 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Luxembourg removed from the exempt list for arrivals from 31 July 2020.

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

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

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

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

  6. First published.