Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to England

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Published 3 June 2020
Last updated 12 January 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated guidance to reflect new rules for those who have travelled through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Mauritius and Seychelles. Also updated to reflect where the guidance now applies to England and not the UK.

  2. Update to guidance to reflect Tiers information post travel.

  3. Updated guidance to reflect new rules for those who have travelled through South Africa.

  4. Added diagram showing how the self-isolation rules apply in 4 example cases of someone arriving in the UK.

  5. Updated to show change in the self-isolation period from 14 days to 10 days.

  6. Added that from 15 December, you will be able to take a COVID-19 test with a private test provider to see if you can end self-isolation early.

  7. Changes refer to the new national restrictions and how they affect the requirements on international arrivals when returning from exempt and non-exempt destinations.

  8. Updated to reflect the self-isolation requirements for international travellers arriving into the UK. The changes exempt travellers arriving from countries on the travel corridors list. The updates also clarify how many days travellers should self-isolate for and from which day the self-isolation period starts (that is, the day after they leave the non-exempt country).

  9. Added example of exceptional circumstance which may permit you to leave your place of self-isolation: if you have a health condition or a disability that would be seriously exacerbated if you were not able to leave your accommodation (and its outdoor areas) where you are self-isolating to take exercise.

  10. Clarifies the exceptional circumstances in which a non-exempt international arrival could leave their home while self-isolating.

  11. Added link to guidance ‘Self-isolating after returning to the UK: your employment rights’.

  12. Changed to reflect who is allowed to visit you while you self-isolate. Also changed to reflect that the self-isolation period for people with symptoms of coronavirus has changed from 7 days to 10 days.

  13. Changes have been made to make clear who now needs to self-isolate when travelling to the UK. Links to an exempt countries list have also been added.

  14. Removed references to on or after 8 June, as that date has now passed. Clarified that separate guidance should be followed if you’re self-isolating in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  15. Added links to the public health passenger locator form in the ‘Exemptions’ section.


  16. First published.


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