Travelling to the UK
Self-isolating when you travel to the UK
When you arrive in the UK, you must self-isolate for 10 days because of COVID-19. Find more information about self-isolating the Government's website.
What you must do before travel
- Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
- Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine
- Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.
Test to Release scheme
You can still use the Test to Release for international travel scheme. The scheme lets you choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can stop quarantining.
Find out more about this scheme on the Government's website.
Why self-isolating is important
It can take up to 10 days for you to develop COVID-19 symptoms after you catch the virus and in this time you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you do not have symptoms.
Self-isolating will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the UK and help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting it, as well as helping to protect the NHS.
Support to help you self-isolate
If you cannot safely self-isolate for 10 days, you should tell Border Force Officers when you pass through UK border controls.
You may be entitled to financial support while you're self-isolating.
NHS Volunteer Responders are available, please call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support.