Restrictions are in place with England currently in lockdown. Restrictions will be lifted progressively with lockdown measures beginning to be eased from 8th March 2021; international travel is banned until at least 17th May 2021 . All those arriving living in England must stay local and there are limited reasons for leaving home, such as exercise or shopping for essentials.
All arrivals must isolate for ten days: this means remaining at home and not leaving for any purpose. There should be no interaction between households.
Currently travel is banned unless for specific reasons such as work. You must complete a travel declaration to explain your reason for international travel. You could be fined or asked to return home if you do not complete this or provide inconsistent information. Get the form here.
Those arriving from the following countries are not allowed to enter the United Kingdom as the Government have deemed the country to have a significant virus rate which could spread within the United Kingdom. They have been added to Red List. These can change quickly, so you are advised to check this regularly. These currently are: -
- Cape Verdi
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- French Guinea
- Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Only British, Irish or individuals who have the right to live in the UK can enter. All arrivals must quarantine for ten days: those who enter or travel through a Red list country must quarantine in Government agreed accommodation. It is a legal requirement this is booked before leaving your destination. During your stay you will be tested on day two and day eight using a PCR test you self administer. If you test positive you must self isolate for a further ten days. To book a hotel visit here.
If you are travelling within the U.K., the Isle Of Man, Jersey, Guernsey or the Republic of Ireland you do not need to isolate. If you are travelling within the U.K., the Isle Of Man, Jersey, Guernsey or the Republic of Ireland, Ascension, Falkland Islands or Saint Helena you do not need to provide a test.
The Government has added a Test For Release Scheme whereby those arriving in England with the mandatory quarantine can opt for a private Covid test after five days to be released from isolation if the result is negative. This can be organised by post or you are permitted to visit a test centre; the test must be taken at a Government recognised test centre. If the test is positive you must quarantine for a further ten days. Those on the Government’s Red List (see above) are not permitted to join this scheme.
All arriving passengers must provide a negative Covid test certificate. This must be completed three days before their flight to the U.K. departs. As an example, if your flight departs on a Sunday, you must take the test either on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. This certificate must be shown at check-in for inspection. If the test does not meet the requirements or is not provided, you will not be permitted to travel. Further requirements on these requirements can be found here. To not have a delay at the border,
Within 48 hours of travel all passengers are required to submit their Passenger Locator Form. This must be completed by all members of a household, including children, and details must be honest. It is against U.K. and English law to not complete this. Failure to complete or to declare the form could lead to a £10,000 fine or ten year imprisonment. Get the form here.
Currently, the border is closed between England and Scotland for tourist purposes.