Coronavirus (COVID19) travel information and advice
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28th July - As of 4am on 2nd August, fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US will not have to quarantine when arriving in England, Scotland and Wales from an Amber list country. Travellers must have received two jabs with vaccines authorised by either the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to qualify, with the travel regulations being reviewed on a country by country basis. The UK traffic list is also set to be reviewed on 5th August.
For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-travel-update-government-waives-quarantine-for-arrivals-fully-vaccinated-from-europe-and-usa-while-also-confirming-international-cruise-restart
14th July - After the latest travel review on the 14th July, Russia is set to remain on the UK Amber travel list. The recommendation from the UK government that people should not travel to Amber list countries will be removed from 19th July.
From 19th July 2021, fully vaccinated arrivals with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK (plus 14 days) or those that are on a formally approved UK vaccine clinical trial returning to England from Amber list countries will no longer need to quarantine. Passengers will still need to provide proof of their vaccination status to the desginated authorities before travelling.
- The pre-departure testing and Day 2 testing measures will remain.
- Children under the age of 18 will be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from Amber list countries.
Travellers should continue to check FCDO travel advice before booking travel.
24th June 2021 - Russia remains on the UK Amber travel list. From the 30th June 2021, Mongolia will be added to the UK Red travel list following a recent rise in cases. From 29th June 2021, restrictions on travel to Russia and Portugal from Germany are being introduced in connection with the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.
As part of the Amber list travel regulations, all travellers must ensure the following:
Before you travel to England you must:
- Complete a passenger locator form
- Take a COVID-19 test
- Book and pay for Day 2 and Day 8 COVID-19 travel tests - to be taken after arrival in England
On arrival in England you must:
- Quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
- Take a COVID-19 test on or before Day 2 and on or after Day 8
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
For more information about the travel traffic light system, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england
Direct flights between the Russian Federation and the UK have now resumed. The 14-day isolation at the place of residence (temporary stay) upon arrival in Russia from the UK is still mandatory.
For the latest Russian travel news, please visit: https://www.rusemb.org.uk/consnews/167
27th April 2021: Russia has now relaxed its coronavirus entry requirements to give citizens from a list of countries, including the United Kingdom, more options to cross its borders.
Citizens from 29 countries with which Russia has resumed regular air traffic can enter Russia via a flight from either their own country of citizenship or any of the other 28 countries. Although direct flights between Russia and the UK are suspended until at least 1st June 2021, this will mean British citizens can enter Russia via a connecting flight from one of the designated third countries.
The full list of these countries is determined by the Russian Government and includes:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Tanzania (limited transit options, temporary travel ban from 15th April to 17th August 2021 inclusive)
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
The Russian Visa Application Centre in London is still accepting all types of Russian visa however applicants need to be aware that flights may be postponed depending on the current coronavirus situation and lockdown regulations in the UK.
Please note: Visa extensions and compensation for visa fees cannot be granted at this time in accordance with current legislation.
Quarantine rules for UK arrivals
All British and Irish citizens and UK residents who arrive in England after being in a high-risk Covid country must now stay in quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days. Non-UK travellers who have been in these countries 10 days prior to travelling are banned from entry. The "red list" of 33 countries can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19
All incoming passengers must complete a passenger locator form in advance, including their departure country and UK address. Passengers have to pre-book and pay £1,750 to spend 10 days in government-sanctioned hotels. The additional rate for one extra adult or a child aged over 12 is £650, and for a child aged five to 12 it is £325.The cost covers the hotel stay, transport and testing. Accommodation must be booked in advance through an online booking system.
Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham and Farnborough Airport are currently designated as airports where people requiring hotel quarantine can enter the UK.
Passengers must take two coronavirus tests, one on day two and the other on the eigth day of quarantine, testing positive will require passengers to self-isolate for a further 10 days.
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Test and release scheme
Russia is not designated as a high-risk Covid country list. Under the "test to release" scheme, travellers from countries not on the red list requires two tests during the quarantine process. Travellers will be required to get a test on days two and eight of their 10-day quarantine period, testing positive will require passengers to self-isolate for a further 10 days. You can take a test no earlier than the 2nd day after arrival in England. Travellers also have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before travelling to be allowed entry. All incoming passengers must complete a passenger locator form in advance, including their departure country and UK address.
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LAST REVIEWED: 29th June 2021
LAST UPDATED: 29th June 2021