Hotel Quarantine; Border Control Measures for Travellers Arriving in the UK
15 Feb 2021
To stop the spread of potentially harmful variants of coronavirus (COVID-19), stricter measures have been implemented for travellers arriving in the UK.
From 15th February 2021 onwards, if you have visited or transited through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days, you must:
- quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel
- take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2, and day 8 of quarantining
- follow the national lockdown rules for the UK 4 nations country you arrive in
You will need to:
- book an accommodation and testing package through the UK Government portal prior to your departure
- complete a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) declaring which countries you have visited in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK.
The rules vary slightly between each of the UK 4 nation countries. You should follow the rules both for the UK nation you will be arriving into and your home nation. Further information can be found in the links below:
- Travellers arriving into Scotland
- Travellers arriving into England
- Travellers arriving into Wales
- Travellers arriving into Northern Ireland
Advice for Travellers
Prior to permitted travel, you should check all of the following, and continue to check these during your trip as guidance may change at short notice:
- FCDO Travel Advisory Notices
- The risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) at your destination
- Requirements for COVID testing at your destination prior to return
- Self-isolation rules on return to the UK
- Travel Insurance
- Medical Facilities at your destination
See the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page for further information.