Health precautions in the UK
Entry requirements for the UK
Updated on 11 February 2022
The government has announced that the measures put in place under plan B in England will be lifted. You should continue to follow safer behaviours to protect yourself and others:
Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:
- You do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests or self-isolate on arrival in England if you qualify as fully vaccinated.
- complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
You will need to enter the booking reference for your COVID-19 test in the UK passenger locator form.
If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a COVID-19 test to take after you arrive.
When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
You do not need to quarantine when you arrive in England.
You must take a COVID-19 test. This is the test that you booked before travel. You can book either a lateral flow test or a PCR test.
You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.
If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate.
If your lateral flow test result is positive, you must also take a PCR test.
Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated
To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.
You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.
The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either:
- the UK vaccination programme
- the United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers
- an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK
Proof of natural immunity will not be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Foreign countries are divided into two categories for international travel:
Red-listed countries, for which travel is strongly discouraged
Other countries. All travellers aged 12 or over, regardless of their country of origin and vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative test carried out less than 48 hours before departure. This can be a PCR test or an antigenic test, provided that the specificity threshold of 97% and the sensitivity threshold of 80% are met. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure that the test he/she performs meets these criteria.
It is essential to present the original test result certificate (in English, French or Spanish, translations will not be accepted) which must include
- name, which must be identical to the name on the travel documents
- date of birth or age;
- the test result;
- the date the sample was taken or received by the test centre;
- the name of the testing centre and its contact details;
- the name of the test used
Failure to provide these details may result in denial of boarding. Entry into England without proof of a negative test is liable to prosecution and a fine of £500.
All travellers (limited exemptions for certain occupations can be found) must also present a document at the border crossing which includes details of where they are coming from and where the quarantine period will be carried out. This “passenger locator form” must be completed online within 48 hours of arrival in the UK.
For the rest, the conditions of entry on the territory in the context of the coronavirus are the following:
- Passengers from a red-listed country can only enter the UK if they are British or Irish citizens, or resident in the UK. :
In addition to proof of a negative test less than 48 hours old and a passenger locator form, they must observe a 10-day quarantine in a hotel identified by the British authorities. The traveller must book a package prior to arrival in the country at a cost of £2,285 for a single person, which includes quarantine in the hotel and two tests on the 2nd and 8th day of arrival in the country. Any breach of these rules is punishable by a fine of £10,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years in the event of a false declaration on the country of origin of the traveller.
- Travellers from the rest of the world are subject to different rules depending on their vaccination status:
Travellers with a complete vaccination schedule must, at the border crossing, in addition to presenting the result of a negative test less than 48 hours old and the passenger locator form, bring proof of purchase of a PCR test to be carried out no later than two days after arrival in the territory. Antigenic tests are no longer accepted. They must self-insulate on arrival until they obtain the result of their PCR test, provided that it is negative. In case of a positive result, the traveller must self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
In this context, a complete vaccination is defined as the administration of two doses of a vaccine (except for single-dose vaccines), carried out in the following way
Either a vaccination administered as part of the vaccination programme carried out in one of the following territories: United Kingdom, European Union, United States. For travellers vaccinated within the European Union, the European digital certificate must be presented at the border crossing;
Or the administration of AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen vaccine (the different formulas of these four vaccines being allowed) by a public health authority in one of the following countries: Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan or United Arab Emirates.
The second dose must be given at least 14 days before the date of entry into the UK.
Vaccination of travellers who have contracted Covid-19 and have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine in France is not recognised by the UK and the vaccination schedule will be considered incomplete.
Travellers who cannot provide proof of full vaccination must comply with the following formalities and obligations, in addition to the presentation of a negative test result less than 48 hours old and the passenger locator form
the reservation, before departure, of two tests to be carried out on the 2nd and 8th day of arrival in the territory and whose proof of purchase must be presented at the border crossing (list of suppliers);
a 10-day isolation period on arrival, which can be carried out at home or in a hotel.
Scotland follows the same approach as the rest of the UK, with the exception of testing on day 5 of quarantine, which can be shortened if the test is negative..Restrictions can vary significantly depending on where you are staying or residing:
The government recommends that as much as necessary, people should maintain precautionary behaviour: prefer to meet outdoors, gather in smaller groups and for a shorter time than would normally be the case, wear a mask on public transport, and keep at least one metre away from each other in public spaces.
Travel to red-listed countries is still strongly discouraged. It is essential to read all the applicable rules and exceptions on the UK government website. Fines for non-compliance range from £200 to £10,000 depending on the nature and occurrence of the offence.