Rules to enter England

Updated 06/12/2021
Changes to pre-departure testing from 4am, Tuesday 7 December 2021.
From 4am, Tuesday 7 December all people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFT COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. Find out more on the gov.uk site.
From 4am Tuesday 30th November fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must now take a PCR test before the end of day 2 and self isolate. You must self-isolate until the result of the test is known. If the test is negative, the self-isolation ends. If the test comes back positive, you must self-isolate for a further 10 days. You must provide a test booking reference for your PCR test when filling out your Passenger Locator Form. For more information and the latest updates please visit the gov.uk website.

New rules now apply for travel into England from another country. Find out more by visiting our Essential Travel Information page or by visiting the gov.uk website.

 

The covid-19 health declarations you must prepare to travel to England will depend on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not.

 

If you are fully vaccinated:

 

When travelling to England you must:

 

 

You will need to enter your vaccination status and COVID-19 day 2 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form. If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

 

 

Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

 

The vaccine must be administered under either:

 

  • the UK vaccination programme

  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

 

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

 

The fully vaccinated rules also apply if you are:

 

  • under 18 and resident in the UK or a country or territory which has approved proof of vaccination

  • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials)

  • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England

 

Read about applying for a medical exemptions from vaccination using the NHS COVID Pass if you live in England.


Proving your vaccination status

 

If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:

 

 

Paper certificates are also available. There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK. Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.

 

If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

 

If you are not fully vaccinated:

 

This is what you need to do if you do not qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England.

 

Before you travel to England you must:

 

  • Take a PCR or LFT test 2 days before your departure to England. 
  • Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in England

  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England

 

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

 

After you arrive in England you must:

 

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days

  • take your COVID-19 PCR tests on days 2 and 8 – you must book these tests before you travel

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Find out more by visiting the Travel to England government page.

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