Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel updates

Important update: Due to the discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, all arrivals to the UK are now required to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 and self-isolate until a negative test result is received. These new restrictions apply to all travellers no matter their vaccination status.

Furthermore, from 4am on Tuesday 7th December, all travellers heading to the UK will be required to take a Covid-19 test before their departure.


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 £2,285 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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