I am fully vaccinated, what do I need to do to enter England?

Latest update 29th November 2021PCR tests and self-isolating from 4am 30 November

From 4am 30 November, lateral flow tests will not be accepted for Day 2 tests. You must arrange to take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive.

You must also self-isolate in your home or the place you are staying until you receive your negative PCR test result.

If your PCR test results are delayed, you must self-isolate until your test result is known or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.

Essential information to enter England from overseas

Fill in your passenger locator form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your passenger locator form.

Fully vaccinated passengers who are not red-list passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2 – this must be a PCR test

  2. Complete a passenger locator form

  3. Self-isolate on arrival and until the result of your day 2 test is known. You may only leave self-isolation if the test is negative.

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area. Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you are staying.


Northern Ireland:



Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.


Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means that you have had a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The vaccine must be administered under either:

  • the UK vaccination programme

  • an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Check which vaccines are approved and the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination.

The fully vaccinated rules also apply if you are:

  • under 18 and resident in the UK or a country or territory which has approved proof of vaccination

  • taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials)

  • unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England

Read about applying for a medical exemptions from vaccination using the NHS COVID Pass if you live in England.

Proving your vaccination status

If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme, you can prove your vaccination status using either:

Paper certificates are also available. There are different ways to prove your vaccination status if you were vaccinated outside of the UK. Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.

If you cannot prove that you qualify under the fully vaccinated rules, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully vaccinated.

Our phone lines are currently very busy

Due to the recent UK and EU government announcements regarding changes to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are currently dealing with an unprecedented number of calls to our contact centre team.

We kindly ask that in order to gain answers to your travel queries quicker, please first consider using our Help Centre above to find the latest travel requirements, entry rules and testing information needed prior to your departure.

If you wish to speak to an advisor regarding your booking, any amendments or cancellations you can contact us via the methods below. If your query relates to travel in more than 7 days time, please try contacting us again closer to your travel date. We’re working hard to assist those with immediate travel requirements. We thank you for your co-operation and patience at this busy time.


If you do prefer to contact us in writing, our postal adress is:

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Channel View Road
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Please send any questions or comments to: or submit an enquiry.


Contact our call centre on 01304 44 88 88 between 09:00 and 17:00 Monday to Sunday.

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