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From 17 May there is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

Check government guidance to find out which countries are on the red, amber and green lists.

If there is a sudden change in conditions, a country or territory may be moved between lists without warning.

Government coronavirus safer travel guidance.

 

Arriving into England

Arriving from a red list country

If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK.

Red list

You must follow the following rules even if you have been vaccinated.

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

On arrival in England you must:

Red list travel advice

Red list travel restrictions explained in multiple languages:

 

Arriving from an amber list country

If you have been in an amber list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you must follow these rules, even if you have been vaccinated.

Amber list

Before travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

On arrival in England you must:

  • Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • Take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

Further guidance on quarantine and testing if you have been in an amber list country.

You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

 

Arriving from a green list country

You must follow these rules, even if you have been vaccinated, if you are travelling to England from a green list country or territory.

Green list

Before you travel to England

Before you travel to England you must:

On arrival in England

You must take a Covid-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive.

You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Self-isolation support.

 

Transit stops in amber or red list countries

When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.

A transit stop is a stop where passengers can get on or off the same part of the transport in which you are travelling. It can apply to ships, trains or flights. Your ticket should show if a stop is a transit stop.

The rules of a country or territory that you make a transit stop in could apply if:

  • new passengers get on and are able to mix with you
  • you or other passengers get off the transport you are on and mix with other people, then get on again

Making a transit stop would not affect what you have to do on arrival in England if, during the stop:

  • no new passengers, who are able to mix with you, get on
  • no-one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside
  • passengers get off but do not get back on

Please read the government guidance for further information.

 

Travelling abroad from England

You should not travel to red list countries or territories.

For specific advice on the country you’re travelling to, check the country page in the government’s Foreign Travel Advice. You can sign up for travel advice email alerts for your destination and countries you will transit through.

If you need a negative Covid-19 test to enter a country, you should use a private test provider. The NHS Test and Trace service cannot provide the documents you need.

If you live in England and have had a full vaccine course (2 doses), you will be able to demonstrate your Covid-19 vaccination status using an app or letter to enter some countries and territories. Read travel advice entry requirements to check if the country you plan to travel to accepts this proof of vaccinated status.

 

Travel within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days.

Download the NHS Covid-19 app and check-in at your destination to help stop the spread and protect your friends and family.