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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For United Kingdom
Data Last Updated: October 22, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

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.

Covid-19 Information/Guidance

Travel Corridors "Safe List"

UK Border Control Coronavirus

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

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

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Open to Tourists From:

51 Countries

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Barbados

Bermuda

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Cayman Islands

Cuba

Cyprus

Denmark

Dominica

Estonia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

Germany

Gibraltar

Greenland

Grenada

Hong Kong

Ireland

Isle of Man

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Macao

Malaysia

Maldives

Mauritius

Montserrat

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Pitcairn

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Seychelles

Singapore

South Georgia

South Korea

Sweden

Taiwan

Thailand

Vietnam

Strict Quarantine For Tourists From:

189 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Antarctica

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

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Costa Rica

Croatia

Curaçao

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Guadeloupe

Guam

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Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

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Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Romania

Russia

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Saint Martin

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Sierra Leone

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Special Conditions For Tourists From:

2 Countries

Greece

Portugal

More Details

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

This list is updated on the official government page here. This information is also updated on our map and country details page


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:

  • Ireland
  • 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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Sources: UK Government | UK Border Control


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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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