Fully COVID-19 vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and E.U. can once again visit England as of August 2, 2021.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated, you should have received your final vaccine dose two weeks prior to your arrival.
No quarantine period is required when you arrive in England for travelers who meet this criteria. To qualify, your vaccine must be an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. You’ll also need to show proof of U.S. residency.
You will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure from the States and fill out a Passenger Locator Form for contact tracing purposes while you visit England.
Finally, once you arrive in the U.K., you’ll be expected to take another PCR test to take on or before the second day of your stay. This test needs to be pre-booked through a government-approved provider before you leave the U.S.
Should you plan a visit, make sure to check the expiration date on your passport and allow plenty of time for processing if it’s about to expire. The State Department’s processing backlog means you need to allow up to 18 weeks for regular processing. Read more.
Ireland and Scotland are likely to adopt similar policies. Most visitors arriving to the U.K. come in through London and then are free to travel throughout the other two countries without checks.
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