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Travel Restrictions

  • Effective 4:00AM (UK time), Friday, April 09, 20210, travel bans will be implemented for visitors from Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh. 
  • The Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Pakistan will be added in the red list. Passengers who have been in or transited through any of these countries in the 10 days before their arrival in England will be denied entry.
  • British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights (including long-term visa holders) arriving from these countries will be required to quarantine/self-isolate in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days.
  • Passengers who have been in any red-list countries in the previous 10 days may only enter England through the following ports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, Birmingham Airport, and Farnborough. 
  • Read Countries added to red list to protect UK against variants of concern: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countries-added-to-red-list-to-protect-uk-against-variants-of-concern
  • Passengers may enter the UK with conditions
  • Foreign nationals are subject to the national lockdown rules.


           - If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any
             restrictions in place at your destination.

  • Travelers departing from England to travel internationally will be legally obliged to provide their reasons for travel on a travel declaration form.
  • Travel Ban – The ban on commercial and private passenger flights to the UK from South Africa continues, until further notice.

-      From January 29, 2021, visitors due to arrive into the UK who have departed from or transited through UAE, Rwanda or Burundi in the last 10 days will not be permitted entry. This is regardless of whether the person has arrived directly or indirectly, but excludes British and Irish nationals and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK.  This is in addition to the measure in place for those who have departed from or transited through South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

-      To meet the requirements to travel to the UK from these countries, British and Irish nationals will need a valid passport, and for third-country nationals with residence rights, the appropriate entry clearance or visa.

-       Any exemptions usually in place – including for those related to employment – will not apply and those British nationals arriving into England from the other southern African countries, Seychelles and Mauritius after 4am on Saturday 9 January cannot be released from self-isolation through Test to Release. People sharing a household with anyone self-isolating from these countries will also have to self-isolate for 10 days. 

-      Removal from Travel Corridors list: The following countries are removed from exemption as of 04:00 09 January:  Israel (and Jerusalem) plus Botswana, Seychelles, Mauritius.

COVID-19 Health Requirements

  • All persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in England from outside the common travel area must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure, unless they are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This includes UK nationals and residents. The COVID-19 test must be taken no more than 3 days before the day of departure and the notification must show a negative result.
  • A negative COVID (Nucleic Acid Test such as RT-PCR) test taken within 3 days prior to departure to the UK applies to all adult passenger arrivals except from the Common Travel Area (CTA). Children under 11 years and under exempted. Very limited other exemptions apply.
  • Passengers who declare they have been in any red-list country must have a valid negative Pre-Departure Test Certificate, and a completed PLF with a Managed Quarantine booking reference number.
  • Test must be of a diagnostic-standard test such as a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, and could in some cases include LAMP and Lateral Flow tests within set limits. This will be detailed in the Guidance.
  • The test certificate will be available in English, French and Spanish from the outset. Overseas providers can utilize their own certificate provided it encompasses all the UK required data fields. Evidence of certificate can be via hard copy or digital means.
  • UK Transit passengers: Passengers in transit over the UK are included and therefore must present a negative test certificate and complete the Passenger Locator Form.
  • Flight Crew Exemption: Ministers recognized the importance of flight crew exemptions. Full details will be published in the Guidance.
  • Compliance penalties: Passengers face a £500 penalty for non-compliance if they arrive in the UK with no test certificate. Airlines should refuse boarding to any passenger not holding a negative COVID test certificate issued within 3 days of scheduled departure time of immediate flight sector into the UK.
  • The Philippines is not part of UK's travel corridor list. This requires all passengers from the PH to self-isolate (10-day self-isolation)
  • Self-isolation requirements

-          From 4am on  January 22, 2021, British or Irish nationals or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who have departed from or transited through Tanzania or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will need to self-isolate along with all other members of their household until 10 days have passed since the day after they departed for the UK.

-          This is in addition to the measure in place for those who have departed from or transited through South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

-          Unlike travel to the UK from other countries or territories, the current exemptions to this self-isolation requirement, including for air crew, have been suspended and all those entering the UK will be required to self-isolate along with members of their household.

-          Any persons arriving in the UK after 4am on January 22, 2021, having departed from or transited through Tanzania or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the previous 10 days, cannot be released from self-isolation through Test to Release.

-          This is in addition to the measure in place for those who have departed from or transited through South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  • New Post-Arrival testing requirements for those traveling to England for the purposes of work

-          Since 04:00 GMT on Tuesday, April 06, 2021, passengers who are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate when travelling to England for work must take tests following arrival. Some groups of these passengers can now book their tests via their employer and do not need to book and pay for tests in advance of travelling. Others are still required to book and pay for a test in advance of travelling. However, from April 06 all passengers who state an exemption on the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) do not need to include a test booking reference number on the PLF.

  • From December 15, 2020, anyone arriving in England who needs to self-isolate will now be able to pay for a test and take the test 5 full days after they left a country, territory or region not on the travel corridors list. A negative result will allow them to cease self-isolating. Tests can be found on the gov.uk providers list.
  • It is highly recommended that travelers book their test before arriving in England, as they will be required to indicate on the Passenger Locator Form whether they have opted into the ‘test to release’ scheme. All international arrivals must complete a Passenger Locator Form on arrival in the UK.
  • Red List Country arrivals

-      Passenger must declare any red list country visited in past 10 days on Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

-      Government assisted Hotel Package MUST be booked in advance and entered on the PLF. (Cost £1,750 includes transfer, accommodation and two tests)

-      Mandatory 10 days isolation (or 10 days from a positive test)

-      Arrivals into UK can only be at one of following 7 commercial airports LHR LGW LCY BHX GLA EDI ABZ plus Farnborough for private aircraft. Discussions ongoing with Manchester but not confirmed yet.

-       Same ban on overseas nationals as already in place (including flight crew) applies

  • All other countries (currently classified Amber)

-      Passengers to pre-book Government managed PCR test package (this is additional to   existing mandatory pre-departure tests)

-      Tests at day 2 and day 8 at a package cost of £210

-      Test booking must be entered on revised PLF

-      The two mandatory tests do not shorten the 10-day self-isolation period

-      Optional ‘Test to Release’ can be privately arranged after Day 5 to shorten self-isolation but   the Day 8 Government test must still be taken

*Additional information will be included in the guidance as soon as it is live.

Required Forms

  • All travelers will still be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival into England. Effective February 01, 2021, airlines are required to ensure that all passengers arriving in the UK on their services have completed the Passenger Locator Form. A completed Passenger Locator Form includes a unique reference number and a QR code. Those who fail to complete a Passenger Locator Form will be subject to an increased fine of £500.

Passengers traveling from the UK:

  • With effect from 00.00 Monday, March 08, 2021, passengers traveling from England out of the UK are required to carry a travel declaration form. Passengers whose final destination is within the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man) are not required to complete the form. Under 18s or those that lack capacity are not required to complete the form, unless travelling with a responsible adult, who should complete the form on their behalf.

Other Requirements

  • SEA CREW:

-          Valid Seaman's Visa

-          Seaman's Book

-          Original Copy of the Letter of Guarantee

-          You need to complete the Public Health passenger locator form before you travel to the
     UK if you travel in a part of the vessel that is accessible to any passenger for any part of
     the journey, unless passengers remain in their vehicles in that area (for example on a
     roll-on, roll-off ferry). You do not need to complete the Public Health passenger locator
     form if you travel in a part of the vessel that is not accessible to passengers or you travel
     on a vessel which does not carry passengers   

-          If you work on a ship, including fishermen, you should show a Seafarer’s Identification
    Document (SID) if you have one.

-          If you don’t have a SID, you can show your joining papers, seafarer’s employment
     agreement or a seafarer’s discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge) instead.
     Alternatively, you could show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered
     owners of the vessel that you are a crew member.


 Essential Information to Enter the UK 

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


1) All persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK. For further information please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england

2) To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom. 

3) All arrivals must quarantine for 10 days unless exempt. If you have travelled through a red list country in the last 10 days, you must have a valid Managed Quarantine Facility booked prior to departure. For information please visit: www.gov.uk/travel-quarantine-and-testing. Check the list of exempt countries immediately before travel and the list of work-related exemptions if travelling for work. 

4) Everyone is required to take a coronavirus test on days 2 and 8 or their quarantine. You must have this booked prior to departure. For information please visit: www.gov.uk/travel-quarantine-and-testing.

5) It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK. 

6) If you quarantine in England, you may opt in to Test to Release. For further information please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel


Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.
 

Other Information

  • For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

-          https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-air-travel-guidance-for-passengers

-          The DfT has issued the following information with links to updated guidance and regulations on https://www.gov.uk

-          Regulations: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1611/contents/made

-          Tier 4: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home 

-          Passengers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

-          https://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/Newsroom/COVID-19-guidance-for-passengers/

-          https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-requirements-to-provide-public-health-information-to-passengers-travelling-to-england

             -          https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice   

  

Travel Advisory

  • As of March 05, 2021

-      Effective March 08, 2021, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Public Health Information for Passengers Travelling to England) Regulations 2020 include a requirement for passengers to be provided with information on the legally permitted reasons for travel and a new travel declaration form which passengers must complete. Updated guidance has been published.


  • As of March 12, 2021

-     Following a BAR UK intervention seeking clarity for overseas visitors to England on their legal requirement to complete a Declaration Form on their departure from the UK, there has been an amendment to the passenger guidance pages. The guidance has now been updated with the following text added:
People visiting England

       If you are visiting England, you are only allowed to leave the place where you are living, including the place you are staying in England, for a legally permitted reason.

      Tick the box on the form to confirm the purpose of your visit, if it has been the sole purpose of your visit. If the reason for your visit is not listed, tick the ‘Other permitted reasons’ box and add your reason below it.