Travel restrictions: check the testing and quarantine rules when you travel abroad and return to England.
Applies to England
Changes to international travel rules
From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change.
- check a summary of the new international travel rules
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What you need to do to travel abroad and return home if you live in England.
If you travel abroad from England, there are actions you need to take:
- before you travel abroad
- before you return to England
- after you return to England
There is separate guidance for people who live in another country on how to travel to England.
What you need to do to travel abroad
Before you travel abroad, you need to check the entry rules for the country you want to go to.
You should check foreign travel advice to find out if:
- the country you want to go to will allow people from England to enter
- the UK government advises against all but essential travel to the country
Foreign travel advice will also tell you if you will need to:
- show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination status to enter a country
- quarantine when you arrive there
Travel abroad checklist
Arrange any COVID-19 tests you will need to take to enter those countries.
What you need to do to return to England
Travel to England checklist
Before you travel to England, you need to:
Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test - to be taken in the 3 days before you travel to England.
Check the red, amber, green list rules to find out what you need to do when you arrive back in England.
Complete your passenger locator form - any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.
You will need to find a test provider for your pre-departure test. If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases.
After you arrive in England
What you need to do after you arrive in England depends on where you have been.
Countries are listed as either red, amber or green. The rules for testing and quarantine when you return to England are different for each list.
Travelling with children
There are different age limits for children for the different COVID-19 travel tests:
- test to enter another country – check foreign travel advice for the country
- test before travel back to England – children aged 10 and under do not need to take a test
- day 2 and day 8 tests after arrival in England – children aged 4 and under do not need to take a test
- Test to Release test – children of all ages must take the test if adults in their household are taking part in the scheme
Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
If you’re travelling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to:
- complete a passenger locator form
- take any COVID-19 tests
- quarantine on arrival in England
You must not have been outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
Check the rules on travel from England if you’re:
- travelling to Ireland
- travelling to Northern Ireland
- travelling to Scotland
- travelling to Wales
- travelling to the Isle of Man
- travelling to Jersey
- travelling to Guernsey
Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons
You may be exempt from some or all of the travel and entry rules: