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🦠 United Kingdom COVID-19 travel requirements

Last updated: 10 October 2021, 13:50 (GMT +4)

Travel to the United Kingdom

Effective 4:00 a.m. on Monday, 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to the UK will change from the traffic light system to a single red list of countries, with simplified travel measures and specific requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers. Eligible fully vaccinated passengers can benefit from quarantine-free travel to the UK. Check the rules of the country you are travelling from or through before you travel.

Please visit the official website for more details and to determine the specific rules that will apply to yourself.

All passengers must complete a passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before arrival in the UK

If you’re travelling from a red list country, you can only enter the UK at London Heathrow (LHR), Birmingham (BHX), Newcastle (NCL), London Gatwick (LGW) and Glasgow (GLA).

Essential information to enter England from overseas

Fill in your passenger locator form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your passenger locator form.

Before departure check the list of red countries, as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers (including passengers who are fully vaccinated)

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK
  2. Book a managed quarantine package
  3. Complete a passenger locator form

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

Unvaccinated passengers or passengers vaccinated with unauthorised vaccines

  1. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK
  2. Book tests for day 2 and 8
  3. Complete a passenger locator form
  4. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days)

Fully vaccinated passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2
  2. Complete apassenger locator form
  3. Have evidence of your vaccination status with you during travel

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.

Different rules may apply to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and they can be found here:

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

Travel from the United Kingdom

Passengers travelling to Dubai from the UK must hold a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. You may also need a test if you are connecting in Dubai, depending on whether you have recently travelled to certain countries and the requirements of your final destination. The certificate must be a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Other test certificates including antibody tests and home testing kits are not accepted in Dubai.
For more information, including exemptions, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.

Get tested for COVID-19

Emirates has partnered with the following providers in the UK to offer you special rates COVID-19 testing: