Open with restrictions

the United Kingdom Travel Restrictions

71.15% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 70.96% last week
Most visitors from Ireland need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the United Kingdom.

the United Kingdom entry details and exceptions

Travelers from red countries are only allowed to enter the country if they are British or Irish Nationals, or they have residence rights in the UK. They are required to book and quarantine in a managed hotel with 2 COVID-19 tests at their own expense.

Travelers are advised to check their country of origin (Green/Amber/Red) as they may need to be tested with day 2 test or day 2 and day 8 tests. They may check the pricelist and order the test thru these authorized testing providers.

Further details in traveling to United Kingdom can be found here.

Travelers may also review the restrictions in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in case they will travel to the said places.


Outgoing travel to the United KingdomTravelling from Ireland to the United Kingdom

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from Ireland must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test) taken any time in the 3 days before the departure date. If a traveler is changing flight, the test should be taken in the 3 days of the final departure point to UK.

The test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.

Travelers could be fined £500 if they are unable to present a pre-departure test.

Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands and St Helena) and children who are 0-10 years old going to England (0-11 years old for children going to Wales, Scotland and NI) are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from Ireland are not required to quarantine after entering the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

All travelers including vaccinated individuals who are mandated to quarantine in a managed hotel must be administered with day 2 and day 8 test. They will be required to continue their quarantine period regardless of the result of their day 2 test. For travelers who have positive result, quarantine will start from the date after the result of their day 2 test and they no longer need to use the day 8 test.

For travelers who will have a positive result after using the day 8 test, they will need to quarantine further. They will have to finish the quarantine starting from the date after the result of their day 8 test.

Travelers who have both negative result for day 2 and day 8 test will be out of the 10-day quarantine from the day they arrived in the country.

Travelers going to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are advised to check further details regarding their quarantine.

Documents
Mandatory passenger locator form

Submit the form any time in the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Show the form when checking in your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

Managed quarantine package for Scotland

All travelers arriving directly to Scotland are required to book their Managed Quarantine Package prior to travel.

COVID-19 testing package

All travelers must book and pay for a COVID-19 Testing Package prior to travel to England and Scotland.


Return travelReturning to Ireland from the United Kingdom

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated travellers returning from the United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to Ireland.

Fully vaccinated travellers with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions

All travelers, except those who can show certificate of complete vaccination and proof of COVID-19 recovery in the past 180 days are required to show a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland.

The testing requirement is also applicable to children between the ages of 12 and 17 unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors returning from the United Kingdom will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Ireland.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Quarantine location in Ireland is dependent on the Locator Form of each traveler.

Travelers who are unable to provide a valid proof of vaccination or recovery, who are arriving from inside EU/EFTA will need to present a negative RT-PCR result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. No further travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

Vaccinated individuals and individuals who recovered from COVID-19 for the last 180 days, who came from designated States and countries deemed 'high risk' are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival to the country. They are required to quarantine for 14 days. However, travelers can leave isolation if a negative PCR test result is provided 5 days after arrival in Ireland.

Unvaccinated individuals and those who cannot show proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days, who came from designated States and countries deemed 'high risk' are required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours prior to arrival to the country. They are required to quarantine for 14 days in a Mandatory hotel quarantine. However, travelers can leave isolation if a negative PCR test result is provided 10 days after arrival in Ireland.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for the United Kingdom

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most visitors from Ireland need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter the United Kingdom.

  • Vaccinated visitors from Ireland can enter the United Kingdom with a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from Ireland can enter the United Kingdom with a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Travelers coming from Ireland will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure.

  • Travellers from Ireland are not required to quarantine.

  • Mask usage in the United Kingdom is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in the United Kingdom are open with restrictions. Bars in the United Kingdom are open with restrictions.