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Travelling to the UK from overseas during COVID-19

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Staying up to date with the latest UK travel news and quarantine periods

If you’re an overseas doctor in the process of relocating to the UK, you may be struggling to stay up to date with the latest travel news and quarantine periods here. This page has useful links for you to stay updated with all of the latest changes.


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Who must self-isolate?

These rules are for UK residents and all visitors coming into the UK.

You must self-isolate on arrival in the UK if, at any point in the 10 days before your arrival, you have visited or made a transit stop in a non-exempt country, territory or island.

A non-exempt country, territory or island is any country, territory or island that is not on the travel corridors list. Some people do not have to complete a passenger locator form and/or self-isolate because of their job.

For all of the latest news on who must self-isolate, click here.

Quarantine/self-isolation periods in the UK

When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed since you were last in a non-exempt country, territory or island. This is known as ‘self-isolating’.

  • The 10-day period is counted from the day after you leave a non-exempt country, or territory or island.
  • A non-exempt country, or territory or island is any country, or territory or island that is not on the travel corridors list.
  • You may not have to self-isolate for 10 days if you arrive from a country, territory or island on the travel corridors list.

Click here for the latest information on quarantine/self-isolation periods.

Self-isolating in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

You should follow separate advice if you need to self-isolate in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Click the links below for the latest information in these locations:

Travel Corridors: List of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.

The GOV.UK COVID-19: travel corridors page details the list of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.

You can find this page and stay up to date with the latest changes by clicking here.

If you visited somewhere that is not on the list in the 14 days before your arrival in England, you will need to self-isolate. Visiting includes making a transit stop.

Arrival in the UK – passenger locator form

At present, 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 also applies to UK residents and visitors.

You should complete the form before you enter the UK.

  • You can complete it any time in the 48 hour period before you are due to arrive in the UK.
  • 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.

You can find more details on the Passenger Locator Form by clicking here.

Test to Release for international travel

The Test to Release for International Travel scheme is for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate for 10 full days after you were last in a place not on the travel corridors list.

To find out more about the Test to Release for international travel scheme, click here.


Disclaimer: This information has been used from https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus – This article/page has been written to give overseas doctors travelling to the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic guidance on where to find the relevant travel information that they require from the home office. All information was correct at the time of writing.


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