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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For United Kingdom
Data Last Updated: May 18, 2021

General Information

Quarantine Required

The United Kingdom has once again reopened its borders for non-essential travelers. However, only a few countries are on the "green list", which include Israel, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Iceland, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, and the Faroe Islands. Travelers coming from these countries can enter the UK restriction-free.

Some other countries are categorized as “amber” and “red” countries. Travelers arriving from “amber” countries must quarantine for 10 days and take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day 2 and day 8, with the option for Test to Release on day 5 to end their quarantine early.

Those coming from “red” countries must stay in a managed quarantine hotel, take a pre-departure test, and further testing on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine.

Here are more details about the "Test To Release Program"

Here's the link for the categorization of countries - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Covid-19 Information/Guidance

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

Visitors traveling to England will find that the country is currently divided into four tiers. Tier 1 is considered the lowest. As of January 1st, only one area in the country is on Tier 1 and that's the Isles of Scilly. Under this tier, up to six people are allowed to gather indoors and outdoors. Sporting events can take place for a maximum capacity of 4,000. Pubs and bars can operate as normal.

Tier 2 restrictions will only allow individuals to mix among households when outdoors. People will not be allowed to meet other households indoors, even on pubs and bars. Retail shops are open but sporting events can only take place with 2,000 or less spectators.

Tier 3 measures will see pubs, restaurants, and bars closed. Mixing between households can only happen in outdoor public settings such as in beaches and parks.

Tier 4 is a "stay at home" order, which means no one is allowed to go out unless necessary. This applies to London and most of the east and southeast areas of the country. People can exercise outdoors alone while schools remain open.

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

Select Country of Residence
Open to Tourists From:

9 Countries

Australia

Brunei

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Gibraltar

Iceland

Israel

New Zealand

Singapore

Test Required For Tourists From:

1 Countries

Portugal

Not Allowing Tourists From:

4 Countries

Bangladesh

Kenya

Pakistan

Philippines

Strict Quarantine For Tourists From:

228 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cuba

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of Congo

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man

Italy

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Japan

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Oman

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Pitcairn

Poland

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Sint Maarten

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

South Korea

South Sudan

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

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

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

More Details

Last Updated: January 1, 2021

Latest Update - Starting  Monday, January 18, 2021, visitors from all countries will have to undergo quarantine and testing upon entering the UK since authorities will suspend the travel corridors. All arrivals will need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test and self-isolate for ten days upon their arrival. The isolation period can be shortened if the passenger tested negative after five days in isolation. 

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.

The UK has one of the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths due to Covid-19 around the world. Even though they are the first country to start a vaccination scheme, they are still battling a deadly second wave. The new Covid-19 variant has been discovered in the country and is said to be more infections. As a result, several countries have banned flights from the UK right before Christmas.

Who Can Enter the UK?

The United Kingdom's four nations ( England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland ) have each implemented different travel restrictions. England imposed a "travel corridor" scheme where visitors coming from countries on their travel corridor list can enter the country with no quarantine. However, the majority of the countries that were on their list came from countries that are not allowing their residents to visit England and have banned flights coming from the country. All visitors who came from countries outside of the "travel corridor" list must go on quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.

Meanwhile, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have similar schemes as that of England, however, the countries that are on their "exemption list" are not necessarily the same as England.

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 country.

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. Those who refuse to self-isolate could be fined £10,000.

Here are the countries that can enter the UK:


Is There A Mandatory Quarantine?

If you came from countries outside of the travel corridor list, you need to isolate for 10 days upon your arrival in the UK. But different isolation rules will apply if you will visit Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.

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 travel corridor 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.

Test To Release Scheme

On December 15, a new "test to release" scheme came into effect in England. This allows travelers to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test after five days in isolation. They will be allowed to end their quarantine only after receiving a negative test result.

Travelers going to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are not eligible for this scheme. They must isolate for ten days upon arrival, except if they came from countries that are on the UK's travel corridor list.

Travel between the four countries is also very restricted. Wales has prohibited travel to Northern Ireland, as well as in the high-risk areas of Scotland and England. Travel between Scotland's "high-alert" areas and the rest of the United Kingdom is also prohibited except for essential purposes.

"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


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 Visitors Can Expect?

Visitors traveling to England will find that the country is currently divided into four tiers. Tier 1 is considered the lowest. As of January 1st, only one area in the country is on Tier 1, and that's the Isles of Scilly. Under this tier, up to six people are allowed to gather indoors and outdoors. Sporting events can take place for a maximum capacity of 4,000. Pubs and bars can operate as normal.

Tier 2 restrictions will only allow individuals to mix among households when outdoors. People will not be allowed to meet other households indoors, even in pubs and bars. Retail shops are open, but sporting events can only take place with only 2,000 spectators.

Tier 3 measures will see pubs, restaurants, and bars closed. Mixing between households can only happen in outdoor public settings such as in beaches and parks.

Tier 4 is a "stay at home" order, which means no one is allowed to go out unless necessary. This applies to London and most of the east and southeast areas of the country. People can exercise outdoors alone while schools remain open.

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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