UPDATE: From 4am on 7th January anyone who is vaccinated (or under 18) returning to UK no longer needs to provide a negative pre-departure test. On return you simply need to do a lateral flow test (this should NOT be a NHS test) and there is no need to self-isolate - if the test is positive you should then get a free PCR test and follow relevant guidance.

A quick note on testing...

We aim to keep this information up to date however we advise always checking the current entry requirements on gov.uk before you travel.

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UK >> Spain

⚠️ Proof of vaccination is now required

Test type: NAAT - e.g. PCR, TMA, LAMP or NEAR

⚠️ Complete a Health Control Form

Children aged 12 and over must provide proof of full vaccination.

Spain >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Spain

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Health Control Form

Children aged 12 and over must provide proof of full vaccination.

Spain >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Portugal

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type (Mainland): Antigen within 48 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Test type (Islands): PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 12 are exempt

Portugal >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Portugal

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type (Mainland): Antigen within 48 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Test type (Islands): PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Card

Children under 12 are exempt

Portugal >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Greece

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type : Antigen within 24 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 5 are exempt

Greece >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Greece

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type : Antigen within 24 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 5 are exempt

Greece >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Turkey

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type : Antigen within 48 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Complete a Online Entry Form

Children under 12 are exempt

Turkey >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Turkey

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Online Entry Form

Children under 12 are exempt.

Turkey >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> USA

⚠️ Currently unvaccinated travellers are not permitted to enter unless there are exceptional reasons.

Children under 2 are exempt

USA >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> USA

⚠️ PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of departure

⚠️Passengers fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine do not have to quarantine but need to take a viral test within 3 to 5 days of arrival.

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

Children under 2 are exempt.

USA >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Italy

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required and on day 5 after entry

Test type: PCR or antigen

⚠️ 5 day self-isolation

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 6 are exempt

Italy >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Italy

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: antigen or PCR test within 48 hours of arrival

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 6 are exempt.

Italy >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Poland

⚠️ Quarantine for 8-14 days on arrival

Children under 13 are exempt

Poland >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Poland

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: antigen or PCR test within 24 hours of arrival

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

Children under 5 are exempt.

Poland >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Cyprus

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: PCR within 72 hours of arrival

⚠️ Additional PCR tests required on arrival - isolate (normally for 3 hours) until results come back

Visitors must then take daily tests for their next 5 days in Cyprus

⚠️ Complete a Cyprus Flight Pass

Children under 12 are exempt

Cyprus >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Cyprus

⚠️ PCR tests required on arrival - isolate (normally for 3 hours) until results come back

Visitors must then take daily tests for their next 5 days in Cyprus

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Cyprus Flight Pass

Children under 12 are exempt.

Cyprus >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Ireland

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: PCR within 72 hours of arrival

⚠️ Quarantine for 14 days

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 12 are exempt

Ireland >> UK

⚠️ Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area. So long as you haven't been outside the CTA in the ten days before you arrive in the UK, you don't need to take any tests, isolate, or complete any additional forms.

UK >> Ireland

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: PCR within 72 hours of arrival or Antigen withing 48 hours.

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 12 are exempt.

Ireland >> UK

⚠️ Ireland is part of the Common Travel Area. So long as you haven't been outside the CTA in the ten days before you arrive in the UK, you don't need to take any tests, isolate, or complete any additional forms.


UK >> France

⚠️ Only essential travel permitted - plus multiple tests and quarantine.

⚠️ Complete a Sworn Statement

Children under 12 are exempt

France >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> France

⚠️ From Friday December 16, only essential travel permitted - plus multiple tests and quarantine.

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Sworn Statement

Children under 12 are exempt.

France >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Dubai (does not apply to the rest of the UAE)

⚠️ Negative Covid-9 test required

Test type: PCR within 72 hours of arrival and random testing on arrival

⚠️ Complete a Health Declaration Form

⚠️ Complete a Quarantine form

Children under 12 are exempt

Dubai >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Dubai (does not apply to the rest of the UAE)

⚠️ Negative Covid-9 test required

Test type: PCR within 72 hours of arrival and random testing on arrival

⚠️ Complete a Health Declaration Form

⚠️ Complete a Quarantine form

Children under 12 are exempt.

Dubai >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Netherlands

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: PCR test within 48 hours of departure or antigen test within 24 hours of departure

⚠️ Self-isolate for 10 days

Children under 12 exempt

Children 13+ not vaccinated must quarantine

Netherlands >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Netherlands

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type: PCR test within 48 hours of departure or antigen test within 24 hours of departure

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

Children under 12 exempt

Children 13+ not vaccinated must quarantine

Netherlands >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Germany

⚠️ Quarantine for 5-10 days on arrival

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test on day 5 of quarantine for earlier release

⚠️ Complete a Pre-departure digital registration

⚠️ Complete a PCR test 48 hours before departure or antigen test 48 hours before arrival

Children under 5 are exempt from testing if they travel with at least one fully-vaccinated parent

Germany >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Germany

⚠️ UK visitors re-admitted from Jan 4

⚠️ Complete a Pre-departure digital registration

⚠️ Submit proof of either vaccination or recovery

⚠️ Complete a PCR test 48 hours before departure or antigen test 48 hours before arrival

Children 5 are exempt from testing if travelling with at least one fully-vaccinated parent

Germany >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Mexico

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Complete an online pre-departure registration form

😊 No tests required

Mexico >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Mexico

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Complete an online pre-departure registration form

😊 No tests required

Mexico >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


UK >> Malta

⚠️ Non-vaccinated travellers are not currently permitted

😊 No tests required

Malta >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Malta

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a EU Passenger Locator Form

⚠️ Complete a Health Declaration Form

Under 5 no restrictions; 5-11 enter with a vaccinated adult and PCR test; 12+ must be vaccinated

Malta >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.