You must have proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England.
You must take a test even if:
You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs.
For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Your test result can be provided as:
If you do not present proof you tested negative, you may not be able to board your transport to England.
If you arrive in England without proof you tested negative, you could be fined £500.
You can choose to take a test:
If your journey to England is long, and will involve stopping in another country on the way, you should try to take a test in the country you’re travelling through. This is so you take the test in the 3 days before you board the final service to England.
For example, if you’re driving from Germany and you stop for a few days in Belgium, you should take a test in Belgium.
If you’re travelling by plane and changing flights, where possible you should get a test within 3 days of your final departure point to England.
If you plan to take a test in a country on your way to England, you must make sure that this is possible before you set out. Some countries have entry restrictions in place, which mean you may not be able to get tested there.
If you do not have proof of a test because you planned to get tested on your journey, but you were not able to do so because you were not able to enter the country in which you planned to get tested, you will be allowed to board. But you may be fined £500 on arrival in England because you do not have a valid test result.
If you take your test in the UK, ahead of a return journey of less than 3 days, you must use a private test provider. You cannot use a National Health Service (NHS) test.
You will need to find a test provider. You must make sure that the test provider can meet the standards for pre-departure testing.
The test must meet performance standards of ≥97% specificity, ≥80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml.
This could include tests such as:
It’s your responsibility to ensure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details. You must check with your test provider that it meets those standards.
You may not be able to travel if the test does not meet these standards. It’s your responsibility to ensure you get the right test that meets the above requirements.
Where information about providers of tests is available locally, FCDO travel advice pages will be updated with this information. If you need consular assistance, contact the nearest consulate, embassy or high commission.
Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.
You must provide the original test result certificate. It must include the following information:
If the test result does not include this information you may not be able to board, and may not be able to travel to England. If you arrive without a test result that includes this information, you might have to pay a £500 fine.
If your test result is positive, you must not travel. You must follow local rules and guidance for positive coronavirus cases.
If the result is inconclusive, you must take another test.
British nationals who need consular assistance should contact the nearest consulate, embassy or high commission.
You do not need to take a test if you began your journey to England from:
Children aged under 11 do not need to take a test.
You do not need to take a test if you are travelling to the UK:
People doing the following jobs do not need to take a test:
Also, in limited circumstances:
Read more details of these job exemptions to see if they apply to you.
You must complete a passenger locator form before you travel to England.
Even though you have provided a negative test for entering the country, you must follow the rules for self-isolating when you arrive in England.
All travel corridors have been suspended.
When you arrive in the UK will need to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your pre-departure test result.
You can shorten your self-isolation period if you pay for a COVID-19 test after isolating for 5 days. This is known as the Test to Release for International Travel scheme.
The scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is subject to a travel ban in the 10 days before arrival in England.
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