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Country Specific Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Update 33)

01 Apr 2021

Travel restrictions and self-isolation (quarantine) rules have been in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 to help reduce the global spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the UK public. The range and type of measures vary in EnglandScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

In recent months new ‘variants’ of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, have been detected around the world, including in the UK. Some of these, including the UK variant, transmit more easily between people. Concern remains that virus variants could emerge that cause more severe illness, or evade the immunity produced by COVID-19 vaccines.

The current UK travel restrictions are stringent and in place to avoid new variants being imported into the UK, and to avoid UK travellers exporting the UK variant during international travel.

Prior to travelling to the UK, you must:

All travellers arriving into the UK must:

  • quarantine for 10 days
  • 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 they arrive in.

If you are arriving from, or have been in a 'red list' country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days, your 10 day quarantine must take place in a managed quarantine hotel.

Quarantine rules are different in each of the UK 4 nation countries, therefore prior to travel, you must ensure you are able to comply with the rules appropriate to the UK nation you will be arriving in and reside in (if different). Further information can be found in the links below:

Country Specific COVID-19 Risk

All fitfortravel country pages include a COVID-19 country specific risk-rating which identifies each country as having a high, moderate or low risk of exposure to COVID-19 for UK travellers.

  • This risk rating can be found in the 'Alerts' section on every country page and each rating is accompanied by appropriate travel advice.

In March 2021, the COVID-19 risk for UK travellers was increased in 4 countries:

  • See the individual country news alerts for further details.
  • The COVID-19 risk rating in each country is being kept under constant review and may change at short notice.

You should follow sensible precautions to reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) before, during and after travel; for information on how to do this please read our COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page.

You should also review the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice pages regularly for guidance on travelling abroad, including the latest information on COVID-19 and other non-COVID-19 risks such as safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.