United Kingdom: Information to COVID-19 associated necessities for worldwide travel to and from the UK

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From 15 February 2021, new enforcement measures will be introduced as part of the government’s strategy to protect against new types of COVID-19 entering the country.

Contents

  1. New rules for international travel in England from 15 February 2021
  2. Traveling to England from a country on the banned travel list
  3. Traveling to England from a country not on the travel ban list
  4. Fines and imprisonment
  5. You can find detailed information about the changes by following the links below

New rules for international travel in England from 15 February 2021

Traveling to England from a country on the banned travel list

You cannot travel to the United Kingdom if you have visited or been on a travel ban in the last ten days, unless you are a British national, an Irish national or anyone with a UK visa. Unless excluded, permitted arrivals from the travel prohibition list in the United Kingdom must now:

  • do a COVID-19 test and get a negative result three days before the trip
  • Book and purchase a quarantine package for GBP 1750 for an adult in a room, which will include: a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transfer package and travel test for COVID-19 tests on the second day and eight days quarantine. Quarantine hotels are only available at selected ports of entry: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Birmingham Airport and Farnborough Airfield.
  • fill out a passenger tracking form with details of where you will be quarantined on arrival. You must provide a quarantine package booking reference number to complete the passenger tracking form.

You may not use the “Release Test Program” if you are in or through a country on the Prohibited Travel List ten days before you arrive in England.

Traveling to England from a country not on the travel ban list

From 15 February 2021 onwards, if you are allowed to enter England outside the Common Travel Area – you must travel:

  • Take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result three days before the trip. and
  • Book and pay for a GBP 210 travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests on the second day or after the eighth day of quarantine or
  • Fill out a passenger tracking form with details of where you will house the quarantine on arrival and the test travel booking reference number.

It is possible to quarantine early by doing a test through the “Test to Release Scheme” on the fifth full day of quarantine, however it would still be necessary to do a test on or before the second day for a follow-up variant and on or after the day eight, to check for COVID-19. If the five-day test is positive, you will need to be isolated for another ten days starting with the last test or when the symptoms started if they were earlier.

Fines and imprisonment

Passengers who provide false or intentionally misleading information about the countries they visited ten days before arriving in the UK while completing the Passenger Tracking Form may face fines of up to GBP 10,000 or up to ten years in prison or both. Those who violate the quarantine rules also face a fine of up to GB 10,000.

You should not quarantine until you get a negative result from the eight-day test and quarantine for ten days. If you do not take the exam, you could face a penalty of up to GB 2,000.

You can find detailed information about the changes by following the links below

Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England from a country on the Forbidden List

How to quarantine when you arrive in England

Test for shape release

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