Covid Update for United Kingdom
Last update: 01/07/2021
Flights to the UK from Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are currently suspended, with the exception of those arriving at the South Arrival and Immigration Hall of Birmingham (BHX) or the Terminal 3 of Heathrow (LHR). All passengers who have been in or transited through the following countries in the past 10 days, with the exception of British nationals, nationals of Ireland, and residents of the United Kingdom, are not allowed to enter the UK: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, the Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, or Zimbabwe. Anyone entering England from these destinations (or has been in any of these countries within the past 10 days, including in transit) must quarantine at an approved and managed hotel for 11 nights and can only land at the following airports: Birmingham (BHX), Farnborough (FAB), Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR) or London City (LCY). All international arrivals to the UK must quarantine for 10 days. Passengers are subject to a coronavirus test on day 2 and day 8 after arrival at their own expense and must have a payment confirmation obtained online. However, passengers arriving from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Brunei, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Falkland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Israel, Malta, Montserrat, New Zealand, Portugal (Madeira only), Singapore, St. Helena, Spain (Balearic Islands only), Turks and Caicos Islands, or the British Virgin Islands are only tested on the second day. All passengers arriving in Aberdeen (ABZ), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) or Inverness (INV) in Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area (CTA), including British citizens, must abide by these quarantine and testing rules and have a hotel reservation for 11 nights, with the exception of merchant seamen and military personnel with an exemption letter from the Ministry of Defence. All passengers (including those in transit) must also complete an online “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” before departure, which generates a QR code, and present it at check-in and immigration control upon arrival in the UK (military personnel with an exemption letter from the MOD are exempt). When completing the form, it is required to enter the booking reference numbers for both COVID-19 tests or the invoice number for the reservation at the quarantine hotel (if necessary). Passengers entering or transiting through the United Kingdom must also have a medical certificate in English, French or Spanish with a negative COVID-19 antigen, LAMP, nucleic acid, or PCR test result. The test must have been taken no more than 3 days before the departure of the last direct flight to the UK. Passengers’ details on the test result must match those stated in the passport or other travel document and the certificate must also include the contact details of the issuing laboratory. Passengers younger than 11 years, those arriving from the Republic of Ireland, military personnel with an exemption letter from the MOD, and merchant seamen are exempt from this requirement. Airline crew must self-isolate in a hotel between flights unless they reside in the UK. Find out the travel requirements that you must meet to visit the country by checking the visa policy of United Kingdom.