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Guidance for Travel to England from overseas during COVID-19

UK Travel Restrictions & Advice, updated on 10 November 2021

This article provides guidance on travel to England from another country during COVID-19, following UK government guidelines, including essential documents you need to prepare, what COVID-19 tests you need to take and the quarantine rules for travel to England.

Since 24 October fully vaccinated international arrivals from the countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK.

Procedures for travel to England from overseas:

Fully vaccinated:

  1. Book and pay for a COVID-19 Day 2 Lateral Flow Test.
  2. Complete a passenger locator form.
  3. After your arrival, take your pre-booked Day 2 Test.

Not fully vaccinated:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test in your country 3 days before travelling to England.
  2. Book and pay for a COVID-19 Day 2 & Day 8 Test.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form.
  4. Upon Arrival, quarantine for 10 days.
  5. Take your pre-booked tests.

List of UK Approved COVID-19 Vaccines & Proof of Vaccination:[1]

Approved Vaccines:

You must have had a complete course at least 14 DAYS before arriving in England

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen

and from 4am 22 November, World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines:

  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin

The day you have your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

Formulations of these vaccines [2] also qualify as approved vaccines.

Proof of vaccination

You must be able to prove that you’ve been fully vaccinated under a vaccination programme with approved proof of certification.

There are several ways to prove vaccination status:

Vaccine certificates only

If you use a vaccine certificate as proof, it must be issued by a national or state-level public health authority, be in English, French or Spanish, and include as a minimum:

  • your forename and surname(s)
  • your date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

UK Government recognized testing centres for international arrivals

Before you arrive in the UK, you must book a travel test that takes place on or before Day 2 after your arrival. (The day you arrive is day 0.)

Click here for full lists of testing centres.

Testing Centres Recommended by makers & shakers Awards

NX Healthcare


London Corona Test Centre

Alpha Biolabs

Passenger Locator Form

You must complete a passenger locator form online before you arrive in the UK.

You can submit the form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK.

Click here to start to fill the passenger locator form.

Red List countries and territories

Red list countries and territories include Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

If you have been in one of these countries in the last 10 days, you cannot travel to the UK.

The only exception is if you are a UK or Irish national, or UK resident.

When you arrive in England from the following countries, you must quarantine in a managed hotel and take 2 COVID-19 tests. This will cost over £2,285 for an adult. You must do this even if you are fully vaccinated.

Click here for more guidance on travelling from red list countries.

[1]Original Article, ‘Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination’,
[2] Formulations of vaccines include AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda.

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