End of COVID travel restrictions in the UK

All COVID-19 tests for no-vaccinated passengers are being lifted.

The government will remove the remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers from 4 AM Friday 18 March.

All COVID-19 travel restrictions will be lifted, as a part of the plan Living with COVID. The decision, taken by the government reflects the success of the UK’s vaccine and booster rollout. The data shows over 86% of the population had received a second dose and 67% of the population got a booster or third dose.

The passenger locator form (PLF) for arrivals into the UK, as well as all tests for passengers who do not qualify as vaccinated, will be removed. Not-vaccinated passengers will no longer need to take a pre-departure test and a day 2 post-arrival test.

What is changing?

  • No one entering the UK will need to take tests or complete a passenger locator form
  • The remaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be fully stood down from the end of March
  • Contingency plans put in place to manage any future variants of concern (VoCs)
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Monitoring the prevalence and spread of Covid variants remains in place.

The vaccination program has enabled the gradual and safe removal of restrictions on everyday life over the past year and will remain at the heart of the Government’s approach to living with the virus in the future. The Government and the NHS, with the help of volunteers, has delivered one of the largest vaccination programmes in history. The UKHSA would closely monitor the prevalence and spread of Covid variants.

According to the "Living with Covid" plan, new measures at the border would only be considered in "extreme circumstances".

The UK is one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions. This is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector. However, people planning an overseas trip will still need to be aware of other countries' entry rules, reminds the government.

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