Update: from March 18th, all Covid-19 travel restrictions to the UK will be dropped. Read up for what you need to know for arrivals before this date, and what it will mean afterward.
I’ve bounced back and forth between the US and UK this year more than a handful of times, and spent more than 28 days in isolation over the course of the year in doing so. I’ve also taken more covid-19 tets than I could begin to count.
Tests and forms may not be ideal, but I can assure you that the travel restrictions and protocols to enter England and the United Kingdom are better now, than before. Soon, they’ll disappear entirely.
With all that real world, first hand experience, I wanted to put together a guide on how to plan and prepare for your next trip to the UK. Here’s what you need to know about UK passenger locator forms, covid-19 testing, proof of vaccination and everything else, particularly with the new rules.
Planning Travel To The UK
Fully vaccinated arrivals from many countries, including the USA and most of Europe, are able to visit the UK without any quarantine period. There’s no testing required.
For fully vaccinated arrivals starting March 18th and onward, no covid-19 tests will be needed before departure or after arrival and the last remaining passenger locator forms will disappear too. Here is the guidance directly from the UK Government.
Change made: If you will arrive in England after 4am, Friday 18 March, you do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests or fill in a UK passenger locator form. This will apply whether you are vaccinated or not.UK Government
Until March 18th, all visitors will simply need to fill out a passenger locator form, if they are fully vaccinated. No testing is required before or after flight.
Steps To Visit The UK Without Quarantine
For travel from March 18th, 2022, if you want to visit the UK, hop on a plane. All pre-flight testing and forms will be dropped.
The UK previously had a confusing red, amber and green list, but now there’s nothing to know at all. Until March 18th, you’ll need to…
- Be fully vaccinated (by UK, US, European, UK Overseas agency, or list of countries).
- Fill out a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours of departure.
For Arrivals Starting March 18th 2022
There’s nothing to know. Travel is like how it was before the global pandemic. Buy a ticket, flash a passport and hop on a plane. The UK won’t require proof of vaccination either.
UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF)
Now that testing has been dropped for all fully vaccinated arrivals, the Passenger Locator Form is the last “restriction” left to deal with until March 18th. From the 18th, that requirement disappears. No forms at all.
Until March 18th, you’ll need your flight number, seat number, as well as address of where you’ll be staying, and a few relevant details like that. Having them handy will help speed things up.
The passenger locator form is semi pedantic, and should take around 5 minutes per person to complete. Sadly, each adult over 18 must complete their own, but kids can be added to one of the adult forms, with relative ease.