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

All arrivals to the UK must 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 travel test package; this costs £210 and includes two Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine.
  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.

When you arrive in the UK, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave until 10 days have passed. The quarantine period starts the day you arrive and ends 10 days after the day you arrived. This period is necessary because it can take up to 10 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

You will not be able to leave quarantine until you have received both a negative result from your day 8 test and quarantined for 10 days. An exception is anyone who is due to leave the UK before the 10 days are over. They can leave the UK providing they do so directly.

The previous system of “air bridges” or “travel corridors” has been suspended. However, those who work in certain job sectors are exempt from isolating, please see gov.uk for the list of these sectors.

Arrivals from certain countries on the “red list” are currently banned from entering the UK, including 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 isolate for 10 days in a quarantine managed hotel. See our FAQ on quarantine hotels for more information.

The travel ban list is subject to change and can be found on gov.uk.