COVID-19 travel restrictions: the UK

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on November 26, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter the United Kingdom?

Presently, the United Kingdom is open to tourists. Moreover, the UK government has lifted Covid-related travel requirements. Please, note that starting from March 2022, foreigners no longer have to complete a UK Passenger Locator Form when traveling to the United Kingdom.

Can I enter the United Kingdom if I am vaccinated?

Covid-19 street notice in the UKThe UK is currently open to travelers, but you should be mindful of the rules — Shutterstock

Yes, you can enter the United Kingdom if you are fully or partly vaccinated. You are fully vaccinated if you get a complete vaccine course at least 14 days before you arrive in the United Kingdom.

Seven vaccine drugs are approved here: 

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin

However, there are no longer requirements to show the proof of vaccination to enter the UK presently.

Travel document if I am vaccinated

As of May 2022, all requirements concerning presenting a vaccination certificate have been removed in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Can I enter the United Kingdom if I am unvaccinated?

International travel to the United Kingdom is possible for unvaccinated travelers.

'Welcome to Wales' border signEntry restrictions are slightly different, depending on where in the UK you’re going — Shutterstock

Travel document if I am unvaccinated

As of May 2022, all requirements concerning presenting COVID-19 have been removed in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

If you are unvaccinated, and you arrive in the United Kingdom from “red” or “non-red” countries

Starting from November 1, there are no countries on the red list in the United Kingdom. So, entry rules are the same for unvaccinated travelers from all countries.

Who is restricted from entering the United Kingdom?

Nowadays, there are no COVID-19-related restrictions on entering the United Kingdom from particular countries.

Naturally, as well as your COVID-19 documents, you are obliged to show the necessary paperwork for entering the country, be it a passport, visa, or any other paperwork required by UK law.

Can I leave the United Kingdom?

You can leave the UK without any restrictions despite COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. 

Can I leave the United Kingdom if I am vaccinated?

You can easily leave the United Kingdom if you are vaccinated. See a list of places you can travel to last minute in Europe

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

If you travel from the United Kingdom, you can use the NHS COVID Pass application or a paper certificate. The NHS COVID Pass lets you securely share your COVID-19 vaccination records.

Can I leave the United Kingdom if I am unvaccinated?

You can leave the United Kingdom if you are unvaccinated. 

Traveling to “red” or “non-red” countries from the United Kingdom if you are unvaccinated

Starting from November 1, the government of the United Kingdom has no countries on the “red” list.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Depending on the destination, unvaccinated travelers need to have one of the documents:

  • Viral test (the relevant period depends on the individual destination)
  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (a positive covid viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure to a foreign country)

COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom currently

As of May 2022, the United Kingdom is classified as a “safe” country. The COVID-19 situation in the UK is improving due to more than 80% of the population having the second dose of the vaccine. All public places are open for travelers and locals.

FAQs

Woman holding up a mobile phone displaying a Covid passThe UK uses its very own “Covid pass” — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to the United Kingdom right now?

Since the United Kingdom lockdown in 2020, the COVID-19 situation has become much safer. Your trip to the United Kingdom will be quite safe if you follow simple covid-related traveling rules:
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors
  • Wear a mask
  • Limit personal contacts
  • Self-isolate if it is required after your test
  • Stay at home if you do not feel well

Is London open for travel?

London is open for tourists now. All the main attractions, shops and restaurants are open to the public. Traveling to London now, you do not need to show any certificates or negative tests when you enter the places of recreation.
London COVID-19 restrictions 2021 are more like recommendations. The Ministry of Health is still asking people to abide by the main rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 like wearing masks and avoiding close contact with others.

Do I have to be quarantined if I go to the United Kingdom?

As of May 2022, no quarantine or self-isolation is required in the United Kingdom

How do I get a health pass to travel to the United Kingdom?

As of May 2022, there is no need for health passes to travel to the United Kingdom.

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