Data Last Updated: October 22, 2020
The United Kingdom requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors, except for those arriving directly from a country listed on the "travel corridors" list. This list is updated weekly.
All international travelers entering the UK must still provide contact details and their travel history over the previous 14 days, except for those coming from Ireland, The Channel Islands and The Isle of Man.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Authorities are planning to strengthen restrictions on activity in some areas from Oct. 23 in response to a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.
In England, Manchester will be classified as Very High risk from Oct. 23, followed by South Yorkshire, Stoke on Trent, Coventry, and Slough Oct. 24. In Scotland, the compulsory closure of bars and restaurants in central areas of the country, which was originally scheduled to expire Oct. 26, has been extended until Nov. 2, when authorities plan to introduce a five-tier COVID-19 local alert system; the details of this system will be announced Oct. 23. In Wales Oct. 23-Nov. 9, people from different households will be prohibited from meeting; nonessential businesses, including hotels, hair salons, and pubs, will close, and restaurants will be limited to carry-out services only.
Each of the UK's constituent countries has the authority to impose travel and other restrictions, though they have typically remained closely aligned in their actions. Specific nationwide measures include a requirement that facemasks be worn in enclosed public spaces, including on public transport, and a prohibition on gatherings of more than six people.
Airlines & Transport
Flights remain heavily limited. Cargo and repatriation services have continued.
Public transport authorities nationwide are currently operating reduced services; Many bus/underground routes/schedules have been amended
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Isle of Man
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Last Updated: October 14, 2020
Like the rest of the world, the UK has paid a heavy price. And as a foreword from the Prime Minister: We will remember 2020 as the year we were hit, along with all other nations, by a previously unknown and remorseless foe. The United Kingdom reopened its borders to welcome international tourists as of June 8, 2020. All visitors flying from other countries will be able to enter the UK with strict new quarantine measures set by the UK government.
An air corridor will soon become open between London and New York. Authorities in both the UK and the USA are discussing the possibility of allowing air travel between the two major cities with no restrictions in order to facilitate the movement of people during the holidays. The plan could be effective by Thanksgiving so people could easily reunite with their loved ones. Although quarantine requirements will be lifted for Americans entering the UK once this plan will be rolled out, all travelers will be tested for Covid-19 before their flight and again upon arrival.
Who Can Enter the UK?
All travelers, resident, and tourists traveling into the UK from any country must provide their journey and contact details. Anyone who failed to do this before arrival might take them longer to enter the UK. That is to say, all travelers who can travel to the UK pre-COVID can now travel back there again.
Please note that you may be fined up to up to £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined up to £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.
October 2, 2020 update: Starting October 3, travelers arriving from Turkey, Poland, and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius, and Saba will need to quarantine for 14 days. Authorities have also increased the fines for travelers who fail to isolate, from £3,200 to £10,000.
Here are the countries that can enter the UK:
Is There A Mandatory Quarantine?
Yes, there is. When you arrive in the UK, you shouldm't leave the place where you're staying for the first 14-days you're in the UK. Not unless you are arriving from an exempt country. But you should follow separate advice if whether you need to self-isolate in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. This is because there are different self-isolation rules and penalties depending on whether where you are traveling to.
You’ll still need to self-isolate if you’ve been to or made a ‘transit stop’ in the previous 14 days in any country that is not on the list. A ‘transit stop’ is a stop where passengers can get on or off a coach, ferry, train, or plane. Your ticket should say if a stop is a transit stop.
However, these measures do not apply to travelers entering England or Northern Ireland and it is unclear whether either they will remove these additional areas from their own lists of quarantine-exempt countries over the coming days.
September 8 update: On Sept. 4, Scotland and Wales updated their entry restrictions for travelers from certain countries. They require travelers coming from mainland Portugal, Gibraltar, French Polynesia, and the Greek islands of Crete, Mykonos, Zakynthos (Zante), Lesbos, Paros, and Antiparos to self-isolate for 14 days upon the arrival.
September 11 update: Travelers coming from mainland Portugal, Hungary, French Polynesia, and Reunion should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival starting 0400 on Sept. 12. The restriction does not apply to travelers arriving from the Portuguese islands of Madeira or the Azores. As of the same time, travelers arriving from Sweden will no longer require to self-isolate upon arrival.
"Safe Corridors" Country List Exempt From Quarantine
Travelers who have spent the last 14 days in any of these countries are exempt from the quarantine requirement
September 19 update: Effective Sept. 19, authorities in England will require international travelers from mainland Slovenia and Guadeloupe to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival due to the increasing COVID-19 activity in those countries. On the same day, travelers arriving from Singapore and Thailand will no longer self-isolate upon arrival.
Who Is Exempt From Providing Details or Self-Isolation?
You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re traveling from one of the following places, and you were there for 14 days or more:
- the Channel Islands
- the Isle of Man
What Other Measures Have Been Put In Place?
The government guidance says all flight passengers should remain at least 2m (6ft) apart from other people wherever possible and consider wearing a face covering. People traveling through Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports should cover their faces and wear gloves.
What Is Open in the UK?
- Indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor gyms, indoor sports courts and facilities, indoor swimming pools.
- All indoor and outdoor hospitality including cafes, bars, pubs, and restaurants.
- Hotels, hostels, and bed and breakfast.
- Hair salons, barbers, nail bars, beauty salons, tanning booths, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, body & skin-piercing services.
- Cinemas, theaters, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks & activities
- Museums and galleries.
- Amusement arcades and other entertainment centers.
- Indoor and outdoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centers & any place where animals are shown to the public as an attraction.
- Indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios & landmarks.
- Places of worship.
- Pubs and restaurants will reopen but for table service only.
The government is requiring everyone to follow social distancing measures. As per the law, travelers should wear face coverings in the following settings: shops, supermarkets, indoor transport hubs, indoor shopping centers, banks, building societies, post offices, and on public transport.
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Information for Non-Tourists
Since June 8, persons arriving in the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days; this will apply to both British citizens and foreign nationals unless they are arriving directly or via a safe "travel corridor" country.
Travelers will be required to provide accommodation information to border officials; health officials may perform spot checks to ensure compliance with the regulations.
Persons without suitable accommodation will be required to stay in facilities arranged by the government at their own expense.
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