Coronavirus Latest Travel Advice

The world was hit by a pandemic in 2020 which has changed life across borders. The world had to go through lockdowns as a precautionary measure, resulting in economic crises and stress.

But it was unavoidable so as to beat the deadly fast-spreading virus.

Governments all over the world have tackled this grim issue in various methods But regarding covering faces, social distancing and travel instructions they are all on the same page.

Initially, air and sea travelling was completely banned due to the high fatality rate but with some treatments being helpful in retaining life’s the ban was lifted gradually but with numerous travelling restrictions. Travelling for holidays is still not allowed.

FCDO travel advice during COVID 19 reads;

We continue to advise against all non-essential international travel to some countries and territories. You should check the country page for your destination. We also currently advise against cruise ship travel.

We are monitoring the international situation closely and keeping our advice under constant review, so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. We take a range of factors into account. For COVID-19, this includes the incidence rate and the resilience of healthcare provision in each country.

Plan for your travel

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel. No travel is risk-free, and many countries have closed their borders or restricted entry to UK travellers. Any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant.

If you are in the UK you should not travel abroad unless you have a permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays.

You should read the guidance for your personal circumstances before deciding whether you are legally permitted to travel abroad. If you travel abroad, even if you are returning to a place you have visited before, follow this checklist.

  1. Before you travel-Flight Advise

You need a permitted reason to travel abroad if you live in England, and you must complete a declaration form for international travel, including for travel within the Common Travel Area (which includes Ireland)

Follow the current COVID-19 rules for where you live, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Subscribe to travel advice email alerts for your destination, and countries you will transit through, so you’ll know if we update our advice with new and important information

Check for entry restrictions, testing, or quarantine requirements in our travel advice or contact the UK-based embassy for your destination country

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’re flying, read the safer air travel guidance.

You must wear a face covering on flights in England and Scotland.

Ask your accommodation provider about their COVID-19 safety measures.

Read the advice of local authorities and follow local health requirements during your journey and at your destination. Local and international travel restrictions may change before or during your stay get travel insurance with the appropriate level of cover.

Check your cancellation rights. Contact your tour operator, transport and accommodation providers if you have questions.

Use the travel abroad step-by-step guidance to make sure you’re fully prepared.

  1. When you’re abroad

Continue to follow updates to travel advice, as there may be changes for your destination.

Be prepared to comply with changing restrictions to manage local COVID-19 outbreaks, such as border closures, movement restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements if you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to seek treatment where you are, and stay until you have recovered.

Travel restrictions may unexpectedly delay your return home so do plan for possible delays. Make sure you have access to money and have made practical arrangements to be away for longer than planned if delays occur, you should keep in contact with your Travel Company or airline for any changes to transport schedules. Read our guidance if you are unable to return to the UK due to COVID-19

  1. Prepare to return to the UK

Before you enter the UK you must:

Take a COVID-19 test up to 3 days before departure. You will need to show a negative test result when you arrive in the UK, including if you are returning home. Read further information on testing for travel to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland from abroad.

Fill in your passenger locator form up to 48 hours before you enter the UK to prepare for quarantine: If you’re arriving in England from a country on the banned travel list ‘red list’, or you have transited through one in the past 10 days, you must book to stay in a managed quarantine hotel if you’re arriving in England, travelling from any other foreign country (except Ireland), you must book COVID tests under the quarantine rules for arriving into England.

Check the list of people who are exempt from the UK border restrictions, different requirements apply for arriving into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  1. When you arrive in the UK

You must quarantine and take further COVID-19 tests when you enter the UK from abroad (except Ireland), unless you are exempt.

If you’re arriving in England, and you are not travelling from a country on the banned travel list (‘red list’), you may be able to pay for a COVID-19 test under Test to Release, to find out if you can reduce your self-isolation period

Consular help from the FCO

We publish all our travel advice on GOV UK. Our consular officers cannot provide additional information by phone. Read more about the consular support we provide.

If foreign office travel advice changes when you are abroad, our government travel advice may change while you are in a country to advise against all travel there, or all but essential travel, because of new COVID-19 risks.

If this happens, we do not advise you to return immediately to the UK. Instead, you should follow the local advice on any restrictions the local authorities are taking to control the virus before your return to the UK.

If you decide to shorten your stay abroad because of a change in travel advice, you should: contact your airline and travel company to discuss your options, take the actions to prepare to return to the UK.

If you’re travelling abroad and unable to return to the UK, contact your airline or travel provider for advice. You can also contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate for urgent assistance.


Your mental wellbeing

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Keep in regular contact with the people who usually support you: family, friends and colleagues, especially if you are in quarantine abroad.

Read latest travel advice/guidance on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health if you’re abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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