What do I need to do if I’m travelling back to the UK from a Green or Amber List country?

28 July 2021

Before you return, the UK Government stipulates that you must: 

On arrival back in England, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two after you arrive, and you do not need to self-isolate unless the test result is positive. 

Please note different rules may apply for international travel if you are departing from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad. 

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or self-isolate on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days. 

Some travellers are exempt from some or all of the requirements: 

If you’re travelling for work, your Corporate Travel Counsellor will advise you on everything you need to know to travel safely and seamlessly. 

 

What do I need to do if I’m travelling back to the UK from an Amber List country? 

If you are not fully-vaccinated or are travelling from an amber + country, before you return, the UK Government stipulates that you must: 

On arrival back in England, you must self-isolate at home or at a named address for 10 days, take a COVID-19 test on or before day two after your arrival, and also on day eight. 

It may also be possible to end self-isolation early if you decide to take a private Covid test through the test to release scheme. 

 

If you are fully-vaccinated, before you return, the UK Government stipulates that you must:

On arrival back in England, you must take a COVID-19 test on or before day two after you arrive, and you do not need to self-isolate unless the test result is positive. 

Please note different rules may apply for international travel if you are departing from Northern Ireland, Scotlandand Wales. When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad. 

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or self-isolate on arrival in England if you are travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, (the Common Travel Area), and you have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the previous 10 days.

 

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