As the UK continues its impressive vaccination drive, industry workers and travel lovers from around the world are left wondering: when will travel to England resume? It’s been a long time since tourists have experienced the magic of Britain. Thanks to England’s high vaccination rate, lockdown restrictions within England have been eased in a step-by-step process, with shops and most attractions now open in London and across England.
We’ve got you covered with updates and inspiration to imagine adventures to come!
Can I travel to England Now?
It depends. Currently, there is a risk-based “traffic light” system, dividing countries into “red”, “amber” or “green” categories.
If you are travelling from a country on the green list, you can come to England without needing to quarantine**. The list currently includes Israel, Iceland, Singapore, Gibraltar and a few more.
Before you travel to England you must:
1. Take a COVID-19 test before you travel to England. You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to England from abroad. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
2. Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test, to be taken after arrival in England. You will need to take a test on or before day two. The day you arrive is day 0. Children aged 4 and under do not need to take this test.
3. Complete a passenger locator form. You can find the form here
**You do not need to quarantine unless your test result is positive for the day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine if NHS Test & Trace informs you that you travelled to England with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
You can see a complete and fully up-to-date version of the rules here.
Amber List or Red List
If you are travelling from an amber or red list country, you will need to follow a different set of rules. You can see the rules here.
Can I travel from England to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?
The United Kingdom (UK) is made up of 4 countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Confusingly, each of these countries has their own COVID rules. And since these rules differ quite substantially, it’s important to check the UK government website for the most up to date information.
Itching to Travel? Get inspired!
Many of us are just itching to go travelling again, especially since many places are experiencing more freedom of movement. Whilst we are not quite there yet, once travel does resume to England we’ll never take it for granted again! In the meantime, here’s some travel inspiration with our bucket list of things to do in England.
In England? Plan a staycation?
There’s a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. It seems that hotels and B&Bs can open in England on 17 May at the earliest, but no more than six people or two households will be able to stay together. Check the official government guidelines here. Then read up on things to do in London or inspiring castles and palaces so that you’re all set and ready to go when we get the green light. Whether you’re in England, be it physically or in spirit: get ready to fall in love with the UK all over again.
Last updated: 12 June 2021. Please check UK government website for the most up-to-date information.
It is the travellers responsibility to meet all the latest UK government requirements. Tourist England cannot be held responsible.