Visa's and Immigration

Travelling to the UK from overseas during COVID-19

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The COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules which you will need to follow depend on:



Travelling to England

If you are fully vaccinated – Before you travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you are fully vaccinated – When you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2.

You must book this test before you travel.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You only need to take the test if you are still in England on day 2.

If you are not fully vaccinated – Before you travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

If you are not fully vaccinated – When you arrive in England

After you arrive in England you must:

If you are in England for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 travel tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on those days.


Red List

If you’ve been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England, different rules will apply to you. Read about travelling to the UK from a red list country here.


Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved 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 vaccine must be administered under either:

  • the UK vaccination programme
  • an approved overseas vaccination programme in a listed country

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved vaccination programmes.


Travelling to Scotland

Information for people returning to or arriving in Scotland from both red list and non-red list countries can be found by clicking here.


Travelling to Wales

Information for people returning to or arriving in Wales from both red list and non-red list countries can be found by clicking here.


Travelling to Northern Ireland

Information for people returning to or arriving in Wales from both red list and non-red list countries can be found by clicking here.


Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control – All information was correct at the time of writing.