Guidance

Travel abroad from England during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travel restrictions: check the testing and quarantine rules when you travel abroad from England.

Applies to England

Travel abroad checklist

This is a summary of what you need to do to travel abroad from England. Read the guidance below for more information about each point in the checklist.

  1. Check foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through.

  2. Arrange any COVID-19 tests you will need to enter the countries that you will travel to.

  3. Find out how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status abroad.

  4. Check what you will need to do when you return to England.

1. Check foreign travel advice for the countries you want to go to

This will tell you if:

  • the country will allow people to enter from the UK
  • you will need to show proof of vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • you will need to quarantine on arrival

Foreign travel advice will also tell you if the UK government advises against all but essential travel to the country.

Check foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through.

2. Arrange any COVID-19 tests you will need to enter the countries that you will travel to

You cannot use an NHS test for this. You must use a private test provider.

Many providers of day 2 and day 8 travel tests also provide these tests.

Find a travel test provider.

3. Find out how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status abroad

Some countries require proof of vaccination status before you can enter.

Read about how you can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove your vaccination status.

You should do this before you travel.

4. Check what you will need to do when you return to England

You may need to take COVID-19 tests or quarantine when you return to England.

What you will need to do depends on:

  • your vaccination status
  • where you have been

Depending on these, you may need to:

  • take a COVID-19 test before travel to England
  • book COVID-19 tests to take after you return
  • make arrangements for quarantine

You should make sure you book any tests early enough, so you can take them when you return to England.

Find out about taking COVID-19 tests and quarantine rules when you return to England.

Travelling with children

The testing and quarantine rules for children depend on their age and country of residence.

Read more about testing and quarantine for children.

Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Check the rules on travel from England if you’re:

Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons

There are medical exemptions from:

Some people are exempt from some or all of the requirements because of the job they do.

Travel to England guidance

Read guidance about what you need to do to travel to England.

Published 22 June 2021
Last updated 4 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated rules for international travel.

  2. Changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.

  3. First published.