International travel

The Foreign Secretary has advised against all but essential travel globally. Travel advice is advertised on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice website which is constantly under review so that it reflects the latest assessment of risks to health and disruption to British people.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has worked with the airlines industry to return over 1 million people home on commercial flights. In addition, the Government has chartered over 20,000 repatriation flights from priority countries to the UK where commercial routes did not exist, beginning with the most vulnerable. 

As the level of infection in the UK has reduced, the Government has introduced a series of measures and restrictions at the UK border aimed at keeping the overall number of transmissions in the UK as low as possible.

The Government now requires all international arrivals to supply their contact and accommodation information and to self-isolate in their accommodation for fourteen days on arrival into the UK. Border Force will check that travellers fill out a form with their contact details and location for isolation. Leaving isolation prematurely in England could result in a fine of up to £1,000 or prosecution.

The Government is currently working to develop 'air corridors' with other nations to allow some permitted non-essential travel to destinations where the risk of infection is low.