Posted on 17th February, 2021

New self-isolation rules for international arrivals

Testing for people travelling to England




You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England.

You must take a test even if you are a UK citizen.

You must take the test in the 3 days before you start your journey to England.

There are new rules if you arrive in England on or after 15 February. They’re different depending on if you’ve been in a country on the banned travel list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days. If you’ve been to a red list country, you must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. If you have not been to a red list country, you need to quarantine somewhere else for 10 days.

When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed since you left or transited through any country outside the Common Travel Area. This is known as ‘self-isolating’. Similar rules apply in relation to ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

The 10-day period is counted from the day after you left your country of origin before returning to the UK.

The 10-day self-isolation period is necessary because it can take up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. If you’re travelling to England for less than 10 days, you will be expected to self-isolate for the length of your stay, but you can travel directly to your place of departure. It is important to note that under the national lockdown rules for England, you must not leave or be outside of your place of residence except where necessary.

Travel corridors have been suspended from 4am on Monday 18 January. Anyone arriving in the UK from outside the Common Travel Area after 4am on Monday 18 January will needs to self-isolate for 10 days.

You should follow separate advice if you need to self-isolate in:

Before you travel to England from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area, you must provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You can complete the public health passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive. You may be required to present these details on your arrival in England. Similar rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you do not provide your contact details or do not self-isolate when required to do so.

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