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Travel Restrictions in UK due to Covid-19

United Kingdom Travel Restrictions

Last updated on: 20th May 2021

The Government of the United Kingdom has issued certain travel restrictions, for both its citizens and visitors, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether it's a business trip or a casual vacation, do take a couple of minutes to read the updated United Kingdom travel restrictions before planning out your next trip. From information on the documents required to let you enter the United Kingdom to guidelines that are imposed and followed within the country, read on to get an idea of how to adjust your itinerary when you enter the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom travel restrictions do change as the COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom evolves, so stay up-to-date with the latest information displayed on the redBus website. redBus offers a plethora of bus options that follow safety protocols to the T. Read on to know more about the United Kingdom travel restrictions, documents to carry, and safety guidelines to follow when you visit the United Kingdom.

** European Union countries have decided to open their borders to select non-EU countries which would include people from Britain as well as vaccinated Americans. It should be noted that the opening of EU countries might not be universal as countries can individually ask for a negative COVID-19 test or can impose a period of quarantine on arrival. A new list of eligible counties will be prepared and released either this week or early next week. **

Covid-19 Restrictions to keep in mind when travelling to and from the United Kingdom

Key Points to keep in mind:

  • Passengers can visit https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ to arrange their accommodation to complete their quarantine.
  • A negative PCR test is required to enter the UK.
  • Passengers arriving in the UK should quarantine for 10 days. A PCR test is conducted on Day 2 and Day 8.
  • The Public Health Passenger Locator Form is required to book your quarantine stay as well as your 2 COVID-19 tests.
  • A partial lockdown is in effect.
  • Transportation is operational with restrictions

What are the travel restrictions followed in the United Kingdom?

  • Passengers who have been to or transited through Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Botswana, Chile, Angola, Colombia, Ecuador, Eswatini, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Ethiopia, French Guiana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Guyana, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Seychelles, Qatar, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. This does not apply to British Nationals, residents of the UK, or nationals of Ireland.
  • Passengers who have transited through high-risk countries in the past 10 days are banned from entry. This does not apply to British Nationals, residents of the UK, or nationals of Ireland.

What are the documents required while traveling to the United Kingdom?

Are there any quarantine rules that should be followed in the United Kingdom?

  • Passengers who do enter the United Kingdom should undergo a 10-day quarantine at their residence.
  • Passengers are then subjected to a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8. The passenger will bear the expenses for the test.
  • Passengers should complete the “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” after entering the United Kingdom. The form must include the booking reference number that would have been received when booking the two COVID-19 tests.

What guidelines do I have to follow while in the United Kingdom?

  • Masks are mandatory, and people are advised to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
  • People are allowed to socialize indoors with their residents or those who are a part of their support bubble.
  • Up to 2 households or 6 people can meet outside.
  • Work from home is promoted to minimize travel
  • People are encouraged to get tested if they begin to show any symptoms.
  • Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to know more!

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