Guidance on foreign travel

This page will be updated regularly when there are further announcements from the Government. The dedicated page for travel guidance on the website will also be updated and can be found at:

This page was last updated 3 June 2020

Guidance for British citizens travelling abroad:

COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.

This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Often there is little or no notice when countries take these steps, and restrictions are also being imposed in areas where no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported, making new restrictions very difficult to predict.

UK nationals who decide that they still need to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks of doing so. That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home, if travel restrictions are put in place.

Full guidance for British people travelling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

What you need to do if you’re travelling to the UK:

If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK on or after 8 June, you must:

You do not need to do these things if you’re travelling to the UK before 8 June. But you should check the latest public health advice on coronavirus before you travel, or if you’ve just arrived in the UK.

Once the rules come into place you may be fined £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details in England, £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate in England, or you could face further action.

Who does not need to provide their details or self-isolate for 14 days

You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from one of the following places, and you were there for 14 days or more:

  • Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man

There are other reasons why you might not need to complete the form or self-isolate. Read the list of who does not need to complete the form or self-isolate.

Foreign travel advice for a specific country:

Advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

Get support if you’re waiting to return to the UK:

Guidance for British people who are currently travelling abroad and are unable to return home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.