Guidance

Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check what tests you need and the quarantine rules for travel to England.

This guide explains how people can travel to England from another country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you live in England you can find out the rules for travelling abroad from England.

Before you travel

Follow these steps:

  1. Check the rules for the country or territory you’re coming from or have travelled through.

  2. Book any tests or quarantine hotel packages you need.

  3. Get tested and complete documents.

1. Check the rules for the country you’re coming from or have travelled through

Countries and territories are listed as either red, amber or green. The rules for testing and quarantine when you arrive in England are different for each list.

Check the red, amber and green list to find the rules for the country or territory you’re travelling from or have travelled through.

The rules you must follow depend on which countries or territories you’ve been in or travelled through in the 10 days before you arrive in England, as well as the one you’re travelling from.

For example, if you travel from an amber list country but have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow rules for red list countries.

2. Book any COVID-19 tests or quarantine hotel packages you need for your arrival

Arriving from a green or amber list country or territory

Find a coronavirus (COVID-19) travel test provider and book the tests you need if you’ve been in a country or territory on the green or amber list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If you have been in an amber list country or territory in the 10 days before your arrival, you may be able to end quarantine early if you arrange and pay for a private COVID-19 test as part of the test to release scheme.

Find out how the test to release scheme works.

Check the rules on testing and quarantine for amber countries if you have been fully UK vaccinated.

France – important information

The amber list rules for fully UK vaccinated people does not apply to France. If you have been in France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow the standard amber list rules.

This means you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in England and take day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests. You will need to book these tests in advance.

When you complete your passenger locator form you must choose ‘No / Prefer not to say’ when asked if you are exempt from the requirement to quarantine and take a day 8 test. This is under the section of the form titled ‘Your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status’.

Arriving from a red list country or territory

Book a quarantine hotel package if you’ve been in a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

When to book

Make sure you leave enough time for any testing kits to be delivered to the address you’ll be staying at in England.

3. Get tested and complete documents

Follow these steps:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test in the country you’re in. (To board your transport to England, you need proof of a negative result from a test taken in the 3 days before the service departs.)

  2. Complete a passenger locator form. (You can do this any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.)

Find out the COVID-19 test you must get and how to show proof of a negative result.

You will need to find a test provider in the country you’re in.

When you arrive in England

The rules for testing and quarantine when you arrive in England depend on which countries you have been in or travelled through in the 10 days before you arrive.

Check the red, amber and green list and the rules for the countries or territories you’ve been in.

Leaving England

Follow these steps:

  1. Check the rules for entry in the country you’re going to.

  2. Take any tests required and follow any other rules.

Travelling with children

The quarantine requirements for children arriving in England are mostly the same as for adults.

See the different quarantine rules for people who are under 18 and UK resident or residents of British overseas territories.

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 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 household want to take 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 are:

Exemptions for work, medical or compassionate reasons

You may be exempt from some or all of the travel and entry rules:

Published 22 June 2021
Last updated 19 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Changes to amber list rules on quarantine and testing.

  2. First published.