The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. However, travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted. Visit gov.uk for an updated list of travel exemptions.
When you return to the UK from many countries, you must follow the rules for entering the UK, which includes self-isolating upon arrival in the UK for 14 days.
However, from the 10th July onwards, you do not have to self-isolate on arrival in England if these are the only places you have been to or stopped in during the previous 14 days.
Travel Advice from the Government
For latest updates, see travel advice on GOV.UK.
This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Often there is little or no notice when countries take these steps and restrictions are also being imposed in areas where no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported. They are therefore very difficult to predict.
British people who decide that they still need to travel abroad should be fully aware of the increased risks of doing so. That includes the risk that they may not be able to get home if travel restrictions are put in place.
If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans:
- contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
- get in touch with your insurance provider
- continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance
If you’re abroad
The government is working in partnership with the airline industry to help British people travelling abroad to return to the UK.
If there are no commercial or special charter flights for the country you’re in, follow the guidance in the ‘Staying during coronavirus’ section of that country’s travel advice and see our guide to staying where you are if you cannot return home.
If you cannot afford the cost of a flight to return, and have exhausted all other funding options, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan from the government:
to apply for a loan for a commercial flight, find out who to contact about emergency loans
you can request a loan to pay for a special charter flights, when you are asked to pay. See the travel advice ‘Return to the UK’ section for the country you are in
The Government will only organise assisted departure in exceptional circumstances. If you are currently abroad and require consular assistance, you can contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate here.
When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK. You must:
- provide your journey and contact details up to 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK
- not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’). Find here the guidance for England.
- These regulations are subject to exemptions depending on the country from which you are travelling—find out more on GOV.UK's Travel Advice Page.
This page was last updated on 8th July 2020.