Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travelling abroad

Returning home from abroad

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential travel. There are some countries exempt from this advice.

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

This list is constantly being monitored so please check regularly. 

If you are travelling from a country that is not on the list, you MUST isolate for a full 14 days on your return to the UK. This includes your whole travelling party both adults and children.

Website: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

You will be required to provide your contact details at the UK airport or UK port and self-isolate for 14 days. You may be fined if you refuse to provide your contact details, or if you do not self-isolate. 

You will also be required to self-isolate if you made a ‘transit stop’ in any country not on the exempt list.

Passenger locator form

Everyone arriving in the UK (including residents) MUST complete a passenger locator form.

Website: Provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK from GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms you must NOT travel. If symptoms begin while travelling, please let the crew or driver know and you will be advised what to do next. 

Car sharing

It is recommended that people do not share cars with anyone outside of their household. If you must car share, try to:

  • only share with the same people each time
  • open windows
  • maximise distance between people in the vehicle, travel with one in the front and one in the back, if possible
  • clean your car between journeys, specifically contact points such as door handles and seatbelts 
  • wear a face covering at all times 

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Website: Self-isolation and when you need to do this