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 COVID-19 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.

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.

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.

Travelling with children

You should also check the rules about travelling with children in the country you are travelling to or from.

Operator and transport hub rules

Your travel provider, or the transport hub you travel through, may have COVID-19 rules in place. For example they may require or advise you to wear a face covering.

You should follow any COVID-19 rules and guidance from:

  • your travel provider – airline, ferry, coach or train company
  • the transport venue – airport, port, coach or railway station

Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

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

Travel to England guidance

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

Published 22 June 2021
Last updated 18 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Removing the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for returning to England.

  2. The rules for testing and quarantine after you arrive in England are changing 11 February 2022.

  3. Updated rules for international travel.

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

  5. First published.