New Travel Rules and Restrictions While Traveling to the UK


New Travel Rules and Restrictions While Traveling to the UK

Now that the present world scenario is quite different from a few months ago times, traveling rules to different countries have changed, and the UK is no exception.

If you are a resident or visitor traveling to the UK from any country, you have to follow specific rules like providing your journey and contact details, which is mandatory, at least it will take longer to have entered into the UK.

Also, the visitor has to follow self-isolation rule in the place you are staying for the first 14 days after your arrival unless you are a visitor from certain countries or territories which has been exempted from the isolation list.

Note- A fine of £100 would be levied if you refuse to provide your contact details. The penalty will be increased if you break the rule more than once. The fine of ignoring the self-isolation rule is up to £1000, or you would need to face further legal action.

Self-Isolation Rules And Penalties Are Different Depending Upon Whether You Are Traveling To The Following Countries:-

  • Wales
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

The self-isolation rule for 14 days is not applicable if you’re traveling to some countries or territories, but you have to provide your journey and contact details. And you have to self isolate if you have visited or made a transit stop (it refers to a stop where visitors get on and off a coach, ferry, train or plane. It should be clearly stated on the ticket if the stop is a transit stop) in the previous 14 days in any country that is not listed in the above-mentioned list.

14 days count begins from the date you left the country from which you are visiting the UK.

New Travel Rules and Restrictions While Traveling to the UK

Scenario, When You Need Not Provide Your Details or Self-Isolate, in the UK

You need not furnish your journey or contact details and self-isolate yourself if you are traveling from one of these places to the UK and you have been in these countries for 14 or more days:-

  • Ireland
  • The Channel Islands
  • The Isle of Man

The Following Countries Removed From Travel Corridor List on 8th August 2020 Includes:-

  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • The Bahamas

Exemption Rules

The self-isolation rule when you arrive in England is not applicable when you are traveling from the above-mentioned territories or countries because either:-

  • These countries or regions are covered by the travel corridor exemption
  • British overseas territories
  • Are within the common travel area – Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

A Demonstration for Better Understanding

You are in the country which is not on the travel corridor exempt list, and you travel to a country present on the exempt list, stayed there for 4 days from the day you arrive there and after that travel to England. After getting to England, you will have to follow the self-isolation rule for 10 days and not the usual 14 days because you have spent four days out of 14 days count in a country that is on the exempt list.

Transit Stops Details

If your journey involves a transit stop in a country not on the exempted list, you need to isolate after you arrive in England if:-

  • New passengers get on
  • You are for passengers get off the transport you are riding and mix with other people and then get on the vehicle again

However, the self-isolate rule does not extend beyond standard timescales if during your transit stop is in a non-exempt country and:

  • No new passengers get on
  • Passengers get off but do not get back on the board
  • No one on-board gets off and mixes with people outside

Traveling Rule for Private Vehicles

A traveler needs not to self isolate if they travel through a non-exempt country and does not stop in the country, and is going through their private vehicles.

However, S/He Needs Not-Self Isolate Even If You Make A Stop, If:-

  • No new people get into the vehicle
  • No one in the vehicle gets out, mixes with other people and gets in again

But The Self-Isolation Rule Would Be Applicable If You Make A Stop And:-

  • New people get into the vehicle
  • Or someone gets out of the vehicle and mixes with other people and again gets back in

FCO Travel Advice

The Foreign and the Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against nonessential international travel except to countries and territories exempted from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel.

  • Tourists have to comply with corona-virus requirements in the country they are traveling to, and that includes self-isolating or providing details to local authorities.
  • FCO travel advice is inclusive of the information on any health measures in the place for visitors to a country or territory, including a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine, or undergo testing for corona-virus or even restriction on entry.
  • It is advisable to check for FCO corona-virus advice and FCO travel advice for the countries you are traveling to before and while you are traveling.
  • Also, make sure to have appropriate travel insurance to meet an unexpected cost.

Final Words

Do not travel if you have corona-virus symptoms. Tell the staff or crew member if you develop symptoms while traveling.


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