Within 3 days of your travel date to England, take a Covid-19 test with a negative result. You will need to request and buy a Travel Test Package before boarding for England. This includes both necessary tests that you must take on arrival (Day 2 and Day 8 of quarantine).
A passenger locator form must be completed with your quarantine address and your Travel Test Package reference number.
As of February 15th, anyone travelling to England that are not travelling from a red list country, or from the common area will:
- 10 day quarantine
- Perform Covid-19 testing on days 2 and 8
- Adhere to all lockdown rules
Further info on the government website. If travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, different guidelines apply.
The common travel area is the UK, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and Ireland. All British Overseas Territories are NOT included in the list. For more information, please visit the government website.
On your booking confirmation email.
There is a ban on travel from red list countries to the UK. If you’re travelling from, or have passed through a red list country in the 10 days prior to arrival in England, you must adhere to the UK government’s guidelines.
Yes you will still have to complete your 10 day quarantine regardless. To end your quarantine period early you must book a Day 5 Test to Release test. (Will be available soon to purchase here).
Yes! We know guidelines and legislation are constantly changing and it can be difficult to keep up.
The Test to Release scheme involves a PCR test taken on day 5 after your arrival with the purpose of releasing you early from your quarantine. The Test to Release scheme is optional whereas the Travel Test Package is mandatory.
More information on the Test to Release scheme can be found here.
Please note even if you test negative through the Test to Release scheme and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.
If either test—day 2 or 8—are positive, you must quarantine for an additional 10 days. More info will be provided with your test results. The purpose of the day 2 and 8 tests is to detect any travellers with a variant of coronavirus. A positive test result is therefore further analysed at our laboratory with genome sequencing to look for this – there will be no additional cost if this needs to be done.
Some tests may show that a person has a “variant” of the coronavirus. This will result in contact tracing and Public Health England involvement.
There is more information regarding this available on the government website.
Exemptions – people who do not need to take a test
Travel from some countries
You do not need to take a test if you began your journey to England from:
Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Jersey or GuernseyAscension, Falkland Islands, St Helena, Myanmar
Children and medical reasons
Children aged under 11 do not need to take a test.
You do not need to take a test if you are travelling to the UK:
for urgent medical treatment or are accompanying someone who is travelling for urgent medical treatment, and it is not reasonably practical for you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test in the 3 days before departure
if you have a medical condition which means you cannot take a test – you must present a note from a medical practitioner at check in and to Border Force staff on arrival in England
People doing the following jobs do not need to take a test:
border and customs officials channel tunnel system workers hauliers
air, maritime and rail crew
civil aviation inspectors
people transporting human cells and blood products
seamen and masters and inspectors and surveyors of ships
Also, in limited circumstances:
defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
foreign government officials
UK government officials conducting essential state business, essential government work or essential policing
Read more details of these job exemptions to see if they apply to you.