Hotel quarantine rules to be introduced on 15.02.2021

The current rules require travellers to fill in a passenger locator form, have a negative Covid test (taken 3 days before departure) as well as quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival to the UK. However, new quarantine rules will be introduced on 15 February 2021, for those travelling to the UK from a country listed on the travel ban list. There are currently 33 countries listed at the time of writing, please refer to this list below.

These new rules will require travellers to self-isolate in a selected government quarantine hotel for 10 days, upon arrival. This must be booked before travelling via the government website, and will cost £1,750 per individual. The package includes a hotel room and 2 additional Covid tests, to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of hotel quarantine.

If either of the post-arrival tests are positive, the individual will be required to quarantine for a further 10 days.

If you are travelling from a country which is not on the travel ban list, you will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and still take the additional 2 Covid tests, on days 2 and 8 as previously mentioned.

Please note that only British and Irish nationals, or third country nationals with residence rights will be able to enter the UK. The following countries are currently on the travel ban list:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


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