What are the changes to the red list countries?
Red-list countries are those the government says should not be visited "except in the most extreme of circumstances".
From 04:00 BST on Monday 11 October, there will only be seven destinations on the red list:
- Dominican Republic
If you have been in one of these countries in the last 10 days, you cannot travel to the UK.
The only exception is if you are a UK or Irish national, or UK resident - in which case you need to:
- Take a Covid-19 test before departure for the UK
- Complete a passenger locator form
- Self-isolate on arrival in the UK for 10 days in a quarantine hotel, paid in advance
These rules apply whether or not you have been fully vaccinated.
Rates for quarantine hotels are:
- 10 days (11 nights) for one adult, £2,285
- Additional adult (age 12+), £1,430
- Children aged five to 11, £325
What if I'm travelling to the UK from another country?
Fully vaccinated passengers travelling to the UK from any non-red list country, no longer have to take a Covid test before setting off.
This applies to people vaccinated in the UK, the EU, the US, or 18 other recognised countries.
From 04:00 BST on 11 October, vaccinations from a further 37 new countries and territories will be accepted. They include Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, South Africa and Turkey.
You must be able to prove you are fully vaccinated.
Everyone under 18 - and resident in one of these countries - can also travel to the UK without taking a pre-departure test, whether or not they've been vaccinated.
What do I need to do on arrival?
All travellers - except children under five years old - still have to book and pay for a PCR test two days after arrival.
The government says you should book this test before you travel.
You also need to complete a passenger locator form.
What's changing for half term?
From the end of October, fully vaccinated people coming to England will no longer have to take a PCR test two days after arrival.
The government says the changes will take effect in time for families returning from half term breaks.
Fully vaccinated passengers will be told to upload photos of their Covid-19 tests for verification.
Travellers will be able to order their lateral flow tests from 22 October when a list of approved providers will be published on the gov.uk website. The change will come into force for returning passengers on 24 October.
What if I'm unvaccinated?
If you aren't fully vaccinated - and you're 18 or over - you still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days after arrival in the UK.
You also need to
- take a PCR or lateral flow/antigen test (not a free NHS test) in the three days before you travel to the UK
- take a test on or before day two and on or after day eight after your return.
Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers to England who want to shorten their quarantine.
What else has changed?
The Foreign Office has removed advice to UK citizens to avoid holidays in 32 destinations, including Bangladesh, Fiji, Gambia and Malaysia.
The destinations weren't on the government's red list, but non-essential travel was not recommended because of fears about how Covid was being managed.
The change should make it easier for people to get travel insurance.
Can I visit the US?
From 8 November, fully vaccinated UK passengers will be able to travel to the US.
This includes people who've had the AstraZeneca jab.
Visitors will need to take part in pre departure PCR testing and contact tracing.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office publish all the travel advice on GOV.UK. Consular officers cannot provide any additional information by phone. Read more about the support consular officers provide.
You can also call the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on +44 (0)20 7008 1500 if you require urgent assistance.