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Countries Exempt from UK Border Self Isolation Rules During Coronavirus

iVisa | Updated on Sep 19, 2022

In June 2020, the United Kingdom changed its rules regarding entry and return to the country. For the most part, foreign visitors are required to enter a 10 day period of self-isolation when they enter the UK. But if they came from an exempt country and stayed there for at least 14 days before going to the United Kingdom, they will not be required to place themselves in quarantine. However, they may still need to present a Health Declaration Form in order for them to gain entry into the country.

Protect yourself from the threat of COVID-19, and help stop the spread of the disease. Learn more about Self Isolation Rules for Entering the United Kingdom. Here are some of the things that you need to know before entering the UK.

Note: Since March 18th, 2022, the United Kingdom Passenger Locator Form is no longer necessary to enter the country.

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When should you self-isolate?

There are some things you need to consider if you want to determine if you need to go on self-quarantine. If you are a foreign visitor, you will need to put yourself through self-isolation for the first 10 days of your stay in the UK unless you came from an exempt country . If you came from an exempt country but stayed or transited through a non-exempt country within 14 days of your trip to the UK, you must quarantine for 10 days.

If you are a returning citizen traveling from Countries Exempt from UK Border Self Isolation Rules, British overseas territories, and the Common Travel Area (CTA), there is no need for self-isolation. However, you may still need to provide a Health Declaration Form upon entry.

Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter United Kingdom?

COVID vaccination certificates are not mandatory to enter the United Kingdom, however, fully vaccinated travelers will not have to quarantine or take a COVID test before travel (as of 11th February).

  • Approved vaccines are Covaxin, Moderna, Janssen, Novavax, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sinovac. AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Moderna Takeda also qualify as approved vaccines.
  • Travelers must have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.
  • Please note: To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must be vaccinated under an approved vaccination program.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest United Kingdom travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United Kingdom?

  • COVID test requirements: There are no testing requirements.

Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom?

  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.

Why is it important to follow self-isolation protocols closely?

The whole reason for the implementation of self-isolation procedures for foreign visitors and residents who traveled from non-exempt countries is to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, one of the most widespread pandemics in human history. Self-quarantine procedures can virtually guarantee that contact with high-risk people is minimized, especially if the process is done properly.

The disease is in its incubation period for around 14 days or less from infection. Self-isolation lasts 14 days so that symptoms of the disease will show on the infected while they are still keeping themselves away from others. This ensures that contact is minimized and the spread of the disease is slowed down or stopped entirely. It also makes detecting the disease and responding to it very easily for health authorities.

What are the countries exempt from UK border self-isolation rules?

As stated earlier, there is a list of Countries Exempt from UK Border Self Isolation Rules. If the traveler or the returning citizen came from any of these places before they traveled to the UK, without traveling anywhere else, they will be allowed to enter the country without subjecting themselves to self-isolation practices. However, the list may be changed at any time, and countries may be added or removed as the UK authorities see fit. Here are the current countries on that list: Australia, Brunei, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha.

You will still need a Health Declaration Form to be allowed entry into the UK so get one now.

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