Travel: Know the Rules

With new variants of COVID-19 circulating overseas, please familiarise yourself with the Government’s restrictions on travel, and share this information with friends and family.

  • It is illegal to travel abroad except for essential reasons (e.g. work, family illness or bereavement). Anyone who arrives at an airport or port for non-essential travel will be fined and be sent home.
  • You cannot enter the UK if you have been in or through a country on the banned list (e.g. Pakistan, Bangladesh, India) in the last 10 days unless you are British, Irish or have the right to live in the UK.
  • People with the right to enter England and who have travelled from or through a country on the banned list must pay to quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days.
  • People who have not travelled from or through a country on the banned list in the previous 10 days must quarantine in the place they are staying (or at home if they live here) for 10 days.
  • If travelling from a country on the banned list, people may stop off and quarantine in a country that is not on the banned list for 10 days to avoid quarantining in a managed hotel upon return to the UK. However, they must still quarantine for 10 days at home (or where they are staying).
  • Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK. If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

For full details and the latest information on travel, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus