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Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Travellers Arriving in the UK from International Destinations

08 Jan 2021

Travellers arriving in England and Scotland from international destinations, including returning UK nationals, will soon be required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival. This measure is being introduced to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

The COVID-19 test must be undertaken a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival back into England and Scotland. You will have to make arrangements in the destination country to access testing.

This measure is in addition to the need to self isolate on return to the UK from countries not on the quarantine exemption (travel corridor) list.

See the announcements below for further details:

Advice for Travellers

Before making travel plans, you should check all of the following, and continue to check these during your trip as guidance may change:

  • FCDO Travel Advisory Notices
  • Your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) at your destination
  • Requirements for COVID testing at your destination prior to your return
  • UK self-isolation rules on your return
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical Facilities at your destination

Further information on these points is available on the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page.