I have travelled through a “red list” country in the past 10 days. What do I need to do?

Arrivals from certain countries, on the “red list” are currently banned from entering the UK; this includes passengers who transited in those countries.

British and Irish citizens or those with UK residence rights can still enter the UK if they have been to these countries, but they will need to do the following before arrival:

  1. Take a Covid-19 test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
  2. Book and pay for a managed quarantine hotel package. The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and testing.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.

The rate for 1 adult in 1 room for 10 days (11 nights) is currently £1,750. The additional rate for another adult (or child over 12) is £650, whilst for children aged 5-12 it is £325. There is also an additional day rate for those who test positive and need to continue isolating. The day rate for the first adult is £152, for an additional adult (or child over 12) it is £41, and for children aged 5-12 it is £12.

For those facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, there will be an opportunity to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking. This is only available if you already receive income-related benefits, and you will be required to pay back your debt to the government in 12 monthly instalments.

If you are required to quarantine in a quarantine hotel you can only arrive in England at certain ports of entry. Currently these are:

  1. Heathrow Airport
  2. Gatwick Airport
  3. London City Airport
  4. Birmingham Airport
  5. Bristol Airport
  6. Farnborough Airport

If you have a pre-existing booking to a different port of entry on or after the 15 February it’s your responsibility to change it to one of the ports of entry specified above. After 15 February carriers will not be permitted to carry anyone who has been in a red list country in the previous 10 days to any other port of entry other than those specified.