Coronavirus Updates

Last updated 19th July 2021.


From 4am, Monday 19th July, the government will no longer recommend against travel to amber list countries. Fully vaccinated passengers returning to the UK from Amber list countries (excluding France), including those who are under 18, will not need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a COVID-19 test on day 8. For further information read the announcement about the rule changes.


Some requirements will still remain in place regarding day 2 testing and passenger locator forms, therefore please ensure you are fully up to date with the changes and visit for the latest travel requirements for entering England.


Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents), must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to direct departure to England and complete a Passenger Locator Form. Fill in your Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form. Before departure, check the list of red, amber and green countries, as the list can change regularly.


In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some countries require travellers to produce a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival and in some cases prior to departure. This includes; France (must be a PCR test - not NHS and will depend on your vaccination status), the Netherlands (must be a PCR test - not NHS, which needs to be printed and presented at check-in. Additional testing requirements are currently in place for entry into the Netherlands. The Netherlands classifies the UK as a very high risk country with a variant of concern, please check the testing requirements before you travel), and Ireland (must be a PCR test - not NHS and will depend on your vaccination status).

Please ensure that you check the government advice page for the country you're travelling to for the latest entry requirements, as these are changing all the time:


The Netherlands - there is currently a travel ban in place for UK travellers. Travel is to be for essential purposes only (unless exempt) - even if fully vaccinated.


For more information about current travel restrictions, please take a look at our FAQs


Please note, in line with government advice, passengers should continue to wear a face covering when travelling on public transport, including ferries.


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