Updated: 10 January 2022
NEW: Fully vaccinated passengers and under 18s arriving in the UK no longer need to take a pre-departure test. They also no longer need to self-isolate on arrival and can take a day two lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test. Please see below for more information or visit Gov.uk.
The pandemic continues to affect international travel. If you are looking to go on a holiday abroad, visit family or friends overseas or go on a foreign business trip during this time, there are two things you need to check and follow before you travel:
Before you go away, you will need to check the Government’s latest advice for the country, or countries, you would like to visit at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
This advice is provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and includes important information such as:
You’ll need to check this information regularly before your trip and it’s a good idea to sign up to country specific email alerts so you’re across any important updates.
You can also read guidance from the Government about travelling overseas during the pandemic at the Coronavirus travel guidance page and find more information about staying safe abroad at the FCDO’s Travel Aware page.
The testing and quarantine requirements when you return to the UK are determined by your COVID-19 vaccination status and whether the country you’re travelling from is on the Government’s “red list” or not. Before you go away, you’ll need to check what you need to do on your return to make sure you’re prepared for your journey home.
Travelling from "non-red list" countries
If you are fully vaccinated (i.e. it’s been at least 14 days since you received the full course of an approved vaccine), you will need to:
If you’re travelling with children, the testing requirements are:
If you are unvaccinated, you will need to:
Travelling from "red list" countries
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you’re returning to the UK from a red list country, you will need to:
How to show proof of vaccination
Details of how to show proof of vaccination can be found in our Q&A page: COVID-19: your holiday questions answered under “How do I show proof that I’ve been fully vaccinated/boosted against COVID-19 to travel abroad?”
How to get a test for travel
For more information about which tests you need for your holiday (e.g. you can’t use a free NHS test for travel) and where to get them, visit our blog: Which COVID-19 tests do I need for my holiday and how do I get one?