Note: Last update of this article occurred on October 29th.
Can I travel to the United Kingdom?
UK’s borders are open but quarantine measures have been put in place based on the country from which travelers arrive (see traveller corridor exempt list).
You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the travel corridor exempt list in the 14 days before you arrive in England (this applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.)
1. Quarantine: Countries exempt
You DO NOT have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below because these countries and territories are either:
- covered by the travel corridor exemption
- within the common travel area – Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man
- British overseas territories
Travel corridor exempt list
- 🇬🇧 Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- 🇦🇮 Anguilla
- 🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda
- 🇦🇺 Australia
- 🇵🇹 The Azores
- 🇧🇧 Barbados
- 🇧🇲 Bermuda
- 🇦🇶 British Antarctic Territory
- 🇮🇴 British Indian Ocean Territory
- 🇻🇬 British Virgin Islands
- 🇧🇳 Brunei
- 🇮🇨 The Canary Islands
- 🇰🇾 Cayman Islands
- 🇯🇪 🇬🇬 the Channel Islands
- 🇨🇺 Cuba
- 🇨🇾 Cyprus
- 🇩🇰 Denmark
- 🇩🇲 Dominica
- 🇪🇪 Estonia
- 🇫🇰 Falkland Islands
- 🇫🇴 Faroe Islands
- 🇫🇯 Fiji
- 🇫🇮 Finland
- 🇬🇮 Gibraltar
- 🇩🇪 Germany
- 🇬🇷 Greece*
- 🇬🇱 Greenland
- 🇬🇩 Grenada
- 🇭🇰 Hong Kong
- 🇮🇪 Ireland
- 🇮🇲 the Isle of Man
- 🇯🇵 Japan
- 🇱🇻 Latvia
- 🇱🇹 Lithuania
- 🇲🇴 Macao (Macau)
- 🇵🇹 Madeira (Portugal)
- 🇲🇾 Malaysia
- 🇲🇻 Maldives
- 🇲🇺 Mauritius
- 🇲🇸 Montserrat
- 🇳🇨 New Caledonia
- 🇳🇿 New Zealand
- 🇳🇴 Norway
- 🇵🇳 Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- 🇸🇨 Seychelles
- 🇸🇬 Singapore
- 🇰🇷 South Korea
- 🇬🇸 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- 🇧🇱 St Barthélemy
- 🇬🇧 St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- 🇰🇳 St Kitts and Nevis
- 🇱🇨 St Lucia
- 🇵🇲 St Pierre and Miquelon
- 🇻🇨 St Vincent and the Grenadines
- 🇸🇪 Sweden
- 🇹🇼 Taiwan
- 🇹🇭 Thailand
- 🇻🇳 Vietnam
*Including Lesvos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos. If you arrived in England from Mykonos before 4am 25 October you will need to self-isolate. If you arrived in England from Crete before 4am 18 October 2020 you will need to self-isolate.
Countries, territories or regions removed from the travel corridor list:
- Liechtenstein was removed from the exempt list at 4am Sunday 25 October. If you arrive in England from Liechtenstein after 4am 25 October, you will need to self-isolate. If you arrived in England from Liechtenstein before 4am 25 October, you may not need to self-isolate.
- Italy, San Marino, Vatican City State were emoved from the exempt list at 4am Sunday 18 October 2020. If you arrive in England from Italy, San Marino or Vatican City after 4am 18 October, you will need to self-isolate. If you arrived in England from Italy, San Marino or Vatican City before 4am 18 October, you may not need to self-isolate.
Countries, territories or regions added to the travel corridor list:
- the Canary Islands (the rest of Spain is not exempt), Denmark, Maldives, Mykonos were added to the exempt list at 4am Sunday 25 October. If you arrive in England from the Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives or Mykonos after 4am 25 October, you may not need to self-isolate. If you arrived in England from the Canary Islands, Denmark, Maldives or Mykonos before 4am Sunday 25 October 2020, you will need to self-isolate.
- Crete was added to the exempt list at 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020. If you arrive in England from Crete after 4am, 18 October 2020 you may not need to self-isolate. If you arrived in England from Crete before 4am, Sunday 18 October 2020, you will need to self-isolate. Arrivals from other part of Greece are not affected.
The list may change over time. The most recent version can be found here
2. Passenger locator form
You should complete the form before you enter the UK.
You must show proof of a completed passenger locator form at the UK border.
This applies to people entering the UK from all countries, territories and regions. It applies to UK residents and visitors.
You can complete it any time in the 48 hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK.
Make sure you leave yourself enough time to complete it. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK. The form is an online form. You will need an internet connection and details of your journey to complete it.
Failure to complete the form is a criminal offence.
People on domestic flights and people arriving from Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands don’t have to complete the form. There are also a small number of people who don’t have to complete the form because of the jobs they do.
3. Transit stops
A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off. It can apply to coaches, ferries, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.
If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the list, you will need to self-isolate when you arrive in England if:
- new passengers get on
- you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again
You don’t need to self-isolate beyond normal timescales if, during your transit stop in a non-exempt country:
- no new passengers get on
- no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
- passengers get off but do not get back on
4. Private vehicles
You don’t need to self-isolate if you travel through a non-exempt country and you don’t stop in the country.
If you do make a stop, you don’t need to self-isolate if:
- no new people get into the vehicle
- no-one in the vehicle gets out, mixes with other people, and gets in again
You do need to self-isolate if you make a stop and:
- new people get into the vehicle, or
- someone gets out of the vehicle, mixes with other people and gets in again