In brief

From 15 February 2021 new enforcement measures will be introduced as part of the government's strategy to help protect against new types of COVID-19 coming into the country.


Contents

  1. New rules for international travel to England from 15 February 2021
  2. Travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list
  3. Travelling to England from a country that is not on the travel ban list
  4. Fines and imprisonment 
  5. Detailed information on the changes can be found by following the below links

New rules for international travel to England from 15 February 2021

Travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list

You cannot travel to the UK if in the last ten days, you have visited or passed through a country on the travel ban list, unless you are a British national, an Irish national or anyone with a UK residence visa. Unless exempt, permitted arrivals from the UK travel ban list are now required to:

  • take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result during the three days before travel 
  • book and purchase a quarantine package at a price of GBP 1750 for one adult in one room, which will include: a managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day two and day eight of quarantine. Quarantine hotels are only available at selected ports of entry: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London City Airport, Birmingham Airport and Farnborough Airfield.
  • complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package booking reference number to complete your passenger locator form.

It is not possible to use the ‘Test to Release Scheme’ if you have been in or through a country on the banned travel list in the ten days before you arrive in England.

Travelling to England from a country that is not on the travel ban list

From 15 February 2021 onwards, if you are allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area - you must prior to travelling:

  • take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result during the three days before travel; and
  • book and pay for a travel test package at a price of GBP 210 which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day two and on or after day eight of quarantine; and
  • complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine on arrival and the travel test package booking reference number.

It is possible to stop quarantining early by booking a test through the ‘Test to Release Scheme’ on the fifth full day of quarantine, however it would still be necessary to take a test on or before day two for variant surveillance and on or after day eight, in order to check for COVID-19. If the five day test is positive it would be necessary to self-isolate for another ten days starting from of the last test, or from when symptoms started if that was earlier.

Fines and imprisonment 

Passengers providing false or deliberately misleading information about the countries they have visited in the ten days before arriving in the UK when filling out a passenger locator form could face fines of up to GBP 10,000 or imprisonment of up to ten years or both. Those breaking the quarantine rules also face a penalty of up to GBP 10,000.

You should not leave quarantine until you have received a negative result from your day eight test and quarantined for ten days. If you do not take the tests, you could face a penalty of up to GBP 2,000.

Detailed information on the changes can be found by following the below links

Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England from a country on the banned list

How to quarantine when you arrive in England

Test to Release Scheme