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the United Kingdom Travel Restrictions

71,36% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 71,15% last week
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United Kingdom.

the United Kingdom entry details and exceptions

Travelers from red countries are only allowed to enter the country if they are British or Irish Nationals, or they have residence rights in the UK. They are required to book and quarantine in a managed hotel with 2 COVID-19 tests at their own expense.

Travelers are advised to check their country of origin (Green/Amber/Red) as they may need to be tested with day 2 test or day 2 and day 8 tests. They may check the pricelist and order the test thru these authorized testing providers.

Further details in traveling to United Kingdom can be found here.

Travelers may also review the restrictions in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in case they will travel to the said places.


Outgoing travel to the United KingdomTravelling from South Africa to the United Kingdom

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test) taken any time in the 3 days before the departure date. If a traveler is changing flight, the test should be taken in the 3 days of the final departure point to UK.

The test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted.

Travelers could be fined £500 if they are unable to present a pre-departure test.

Travelers from the Common Travel Area (the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Ascension, Falkland Islands and St Helena) and children who are 0-10 years old going to England (0-11 years old for children going to Wales, Scotland and NI) are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering the United Kingdom.

Details and exceptions

All travelers including vaccinated individuals who are mandated to quarantine in a managed hotel must be administered with day 2 and day 8 test. They will be required to continue their quarantine period regardless of the result of their day 2 test. For travelers who have positive result, quarantine will start from the date after the result of their day 2 test and they no longer need to use the day 8 test.

For travelers who will have a positive result after using the day 8 test, they will need to quarantine further. They will have to finish the quarantine starting from the date after the result of their day 8 test.

Travelers who have both negative result for day 2 and day 8 test will be out of the 10-day quarantine from the day they arrived in the country.

Travelers going to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are advised to check further details regarding their quarantine.

Documents
Mandatory passenger locator form

Submit the form any time in the 48 hours before arriving in the UK. Show the form when checking in your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

Managed quarantine package for Scotland

All travelers arriving directly to Scotland are required to book their Managed Quarantine Package prior to travel.

COVID-19 testing package

All travelers must book and pay for a COVID-19 Testing Package prior to travel to England and Scotland.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from the United Kingdom

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from the United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from the United Kingdom are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for the United Kingdom

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most foreign visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United Kingdom. Please check the official guidelines from the United Kingdom for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United Kingdom.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United Kingdom.

  • Mask usage in the United Kingdom is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in the United Kingdom are open with restrictions. Bars in the United Kingdom are open with restrictions.

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