Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel updates

Important: From 19th July, fully vaccinated travellers from France must continue to quarantine.

  • Measures for arrivals in France will remain in place from 19th July
  • Arrivals from France must continue to quarantine in their own accommodation for ten days and complete a day 2 and day 8 test, regardless of vaccination status

From Monday 19th July, UK residents arriving from amber countries who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine, although they will still need to comply with necessary testing requirements. However, this will not apply to France following the persistent presence of cases in France of the Beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

Anyone who has been in France in the last ten days will need to quarantine on arrival to England in their own accommodation and will need a Day 2 and Day 8 test, regardless of their vaccination status. This includes any fully vaccinated individual who transits through France from either a green or another amber country to reach England. The Test to Release scheme remains an option for travellers to shorten their quarantine period should they test negative after day 5. 

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, there are restrictions on travel and transport from a number of countries to the UK. You can find the full, up-to-date list here.

Passengers arriving from all international destinations are now required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

Furthermore, passengers arriving from red-list destinations must quarantine for 10 days at a government-managed hotel at a cost of £1,750 per person to include transfers, accommodation and two PCR Covid-19 tests.

Arrivals from other countries will be required to pre-book a government-managed PCR test package at a cost of £210 per person (this is additional to existing mandatory pre-departure tests). Tests must be carried out on day 2 and day 8 after returning to England. Travellers arriving into the UK from these amber-list destinations are able to reduce the mandatory quarantine period by paying for a private Covid test 5 days after returning to the country. The day 8 government test must still be taken.

Exemptions to the above restrictions can be found here.

As the list of countries open for travel changes almost daily, we strongly advise that you check with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) prior to booking and again before travelling.

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