Global travel alerts

There are no current global travel alerts. Please check the travel advice for all countries in your itinerary. 

UK travel alerts

UK alerts and entry requirements correct as of 11:00 GMT on Monday 29 November 2021

The UK Government has confirmed that South Africa will be addded to the red list of countries from Friday 26 November 12:00 GMT along with Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini and Lesotho. Please visit https://virg.in/4dc3 for more information.

Always check travel advice for the country you're travelling to, even if you're returning home.

Please read all the latest Requirements to enter the UK

Please refer to GOV.UK to ensure you are adhering to the correct requirements, which will differ according to your COVID-19 vaccination status and country of departure, as part of a simplified new travel framework. 

Requirements to enter the UK

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport.

 

Who can travel 

You will only be able to enter the UK from South Africa (or another red list of country) if you are a British or Irish National or have residence rights in the UK.

 

Pre-Departure Testing

Regardless of vaccination status, all customers aged 11 and above must complete a PCR, LAMP or Antigen (eg. lateral flow) Covid-19 test within 3 days of departure.

 

Passenger locator form

When entering the UK, you must complete a Passenger Locator form in the 2 days before you check in. Once your form has been completed, you can continue to add additional details later, like your seat number after check in.

Failure to complete a Passenger Locator form before reaching the UK border could result in a £500 fine.

 

Quarantine and Covid-19 testing on arrival

You will be required to complete a 10-day managed hotel quarantine on arrival into the UK. This must be pre booked along with a day 2 and a day 8 Covid-19 test package 

You can book your your hotel quarantine and Covid-19 test package here

 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the UK.

 

Visa

If you're a resident of a country outside the European Union, check if you need a UK visa.

How to show you're fully vaccinated when flying to England

The final dose must have been at least 14 days prior to travel.

Vaccinated in the UK

Digital NHS COVID Pass

via the NHS App not the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app

 

NHS COVID Pass PDF

via the NHS app, NHS.uk or call 119

 

Hand written card

Hand-written vaccination record card cannot be accepted

 

Vaccinated elsewhere

The following Covid-19 vaccines on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) will be recognised by the UK government.

  • Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac
  • Sinopharm Beijing
  • Covaxin (Covilo / BBIBP-CorV, CoronaVac and Covaxin)

Check the list of countries and territories with approved proof of vaccination to ensure your vaccination programme is recognised by the UK government.

All under 18s coming to England from non-red list countries will be treated as fully vaccinated at the border and will be exempt from self-isolation requirements on arrival, day 8 testing and pre-departure testing.


You'll need to show a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that shows you're fully vaccinated.

Vaccinated in the US

Original physical CDC card or accepted digital vaccine certificate

An original physical CDC vaccine record card (sorry, no photocopies or scans)

Or these US state-issued digital vaccine certificates:

  • California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record
  • New York State Excelsior Pass Plus
  • Washington State WA Verify

Vaccinated in the EU

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Pre-Departure Testing

Fully Vaccinated Customers do not require a pre-departure test prior to travel to the UK , 

These rules also apply to customers under the age of 18.

 

Passenger locator form

When entering the UK, you must complete a Passenger Locator form in the 2 days before you check in. Once your form has been completed, you can continue to add additional details later, like your seat number after check in.

Failure to complete a Passenger Locator form before reaching the UK border could result in a £500 fine.

 

Quarantine and Covid-19 testing on arrival 

All international arrivals to England will be required to take a PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival, before the end of Day 2 in England, and self-isolate at home or the accommodation they’re staying (e.g. hotel) until the negative result is confirmed.  

Please note, the PCR test can be taken as soon as you land in the UK (on Day 0), with rapid PCR services offering a result in 24 hours or less.

 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the UK.

 

Visa

If you're a resident of a country outside the European Union, check if you need a UK visa.

If you have not received the final dose of an approved vaccine, it has not been 14 days since your final vaccine dose or if you are unable to provide proof of full vaccination, you will be classed as a non-vaccinated traveller.

 

Pre-departure test

Unvaccinated travellers including UK nationals must provide a negative test result before departing for England. The test must be taken in the 3 days before departure. There are various types of Covid-19 tests available. PCR, LAMP or ANTIGEN (lateral flow) tests will be accepted.

Evidence of your negative test result must include.

  • Your name, this should match the name on your travel documents.
  • Your date of birth or age.
  • A negative test result.
  • The date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider.
  • The name of the test provider and their contact details.
  • Confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test.

The pre-departure test rules for children vary depending on age and country of residence, find more information here 

 

Passenger locator form

When entering the UK, you must complete a Passenger Locator form in the 2 days before you check in. Once your form has been completed, you can continue to add additional details later, like your seat number after check in.

Failure to complete a Passenger Locator form before reaching the UK border could result in a £500 fine.

 

Quarantine and Covid-19 testing on arrival 

If you're not fully vaccinated and you travel to the UK, you must quarantine at home for 10 days upon arrival.

You'll need to pre-book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test for all travellers aged 5 and over which must be completed on or before day 2 and again on day 8 of your 10-day self-isolation period.

 

Passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in the UK.

 

Visa

If you're a resident of a country outside the European Union, check if you need a UK visa.

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and onboard the flight. The same exemptions apply.

You don't need a special app to visit the UK. However the government recommends using the NHS test and trace app to help monitor and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

If your connecting flight is on a separate reservation you will need to provide your boarding pass or ticket at check-in with Virgin Atlantic.

Please make sure that you still complete the passenger locator form and have proof of a negative covid test result taken within 72 hours of departure for the UK in order to be accepted for your flight.

Please note, a passenger locator form is no longer required for airside transfers outside of the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).

 

 

UK airport guides

 

Belfast

Belfast International Airport (BFS)

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Glasgow

Glasgow Airport (GLA)

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London

London Heathrow (LHR)

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Manchester

Manchester Airport (MAN)

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