When entering the UK, what do the 10-day isolation measures mean, and do they apply to me?

From 19 July 2021, the UK government have changed the quarantine rules regarding those who arrive in England. Countries and territories are listed as either red, amber or green. The rules for testing and quarantine when you arrive in England are different for whether you have been. What you need to do depends on which country you have been in for the 10 days prior to your arrival. The lists will be updated every 3 weeks following a review of the Covid-19 situation in all countries. It is important that you check the lists prior to your travel to the UK, and read the guidance regarding the steps that you should take before and after entering the UK.

All arrivals to England (arrivals to other parts of the UK must abide by different rules) must do the following before arrival:

  1. Check the rules for the country you’re coming from or have travelled through within the past 10 days. Countries and territories are listed as either red, amber or green. The rules for testing and quarantine when you arrive in England are different for each list.
  2. Book any COVID-19 tests or quarantine hotel packages you need for your arrival.

If you are arriving from a green list country, you must do the following before entering the UK:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test.
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form.

If you are arriving from an amber list country, or you have been in an amber list country within 10 days of your arrival, the rules differ if you are fully vaccinated or not. If you are fully vaccinated, you must do the following before entering the UK:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test.
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form, declare that you have been fully UK vaccinated on your passenger locator form, or are taking part or have taken part in a formally approved UK COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine, or you are under 18 and resident in the UK.
  4. Show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel.

If you are arriving from an amber list country and you are not fully vaccinated, you must do the following before entering the UK:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test.
  2. Book and pay for a day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form.
  4. On arrival to England, you will need to quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days, and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8.

If you are arriving from a red list country, you must do the following before entering the UK:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test – children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test.
  2. book a quarantine hotel package, including 2 COVID-19 tests.
  3. Complete a passenger locator form.
  4. On arrival to England, you must quarantine in a managed hotel, including 2 COVID-19 tests.

Those who work in certain job sectors are exempt from isolating, please see gov.uk for the list of these sectors.