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Travelling to the UK from overseas during COVID-19


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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Testing before travel

At present, to travel to England, you must provide proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test (even if you are a UK citizen).

You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

If you travel indirectly to England, and the total journey takes more than a day, you must ensure that the test is taken no more than 3 days before you board the final service that takes you to England.

Who must self-isolate?

When you arrive in the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your pre-departure test result.

Even if you have provided a negative COVID-19 test for entering the country, you must follow the rules for self-isolating when you arrive in England.

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

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:

How to self-isolate in the UK

For government guidance on how to self-isolate in the UK, including details of how to travel and support yourself in your accommodation, click here.

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

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 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.

The Test to Release scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is subject to a travel ban in the 10 days before arrival in England.

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

Travel bans to the UK

People who have been in or transited through these countries in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK.

Disclaimer: This information has been used from – 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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