Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): restrictions on travel and transport to England

Department For Transport

January 22
04:00 2021

The following transport and travel measures are currently in place to protect against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Travel bans to the UK - banned countries

People who have been in or transited through the countries listed below in the last 10 days will not be granted access to the UK.

This does not include British and Irish Nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival along with their household.

You cannot use the Test to Release scheme.

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Coronavirus testing before travel to England

You must have valid proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England. You must take the test in the 3 days before you start your journey.

You will need to present proof of your negative test before you board to travel to England.

If you dont present proof of a negative test result certificate, you may not be able to board your transport to England.

You could be fined 500 when you arrive at the border if you cannot provide proof that you have had a negative coronavirus test.

Self-isolating on arrival in England

All travel corridors for people arriving in England have been suspended.

If you arrive in England from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Published 18 November 2020
Last updated 22 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania added to travel ban list.

  2. Requirement for a coronavirus test introduced and travel corridors suspended.

  3. All arrivals from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela must self-isolate.

  4. Added information about coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before travelling to England.

  5. Additional transport measures against travel from Denmark ended 4am, 28 November.

  6. First published.

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