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 20:00 GMT on Friday 03 October 2021

There are currently no urgent travel alerts for the UK.

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.

* this applies to anyone arriving into the UK after 04:00BST 4th October

If you've been in or transited through a red list country in the last 10 days, you won't be permitted entry to the UK, unless you’re a British or Irish national, or you have residence rights in the UK. 

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

18 other countries' vaccination programmes are now recognised by the UK Government for entry to England. Within our network these include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and Israel.

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

An original physical US CDC card (sorry no photocopies or scans) and proof of US residency such as a US passport, US visa, Green Card or driver's licence.

 

Vaccinated in the EU

EU Digital COVID Certificate

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.

Customers who have been to a country on the UK Government's 'red list' in the 10 days before arriving in the UK, and who are required by law to book and pay for a 'managed quarantine package' must remember to add your invoice number to your passenger locator form.

 

Quarantine and Covid-19 testing on arrival

Arriving from the rest of the world

These countries are considered low-risk so you won't need to quarantine when you arrive, but you'll still need to book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test for all travellers 5 years of age and older which must be taken on or before your second day in the UK. This will be replaced by a lateral flow test from 24th October, as long as you satisfy the below requirements:

  1. Have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England
  2. Declare on your Passenger Locator Form that you have been fully vaccinated
  3. Show proof of your NHS vaccination status to our airport staff when you travel OR for fully vaccinated US or EU customers, show proof of your vaccination status before you fly. For European countries this will be the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) and for the USA this is your original physical US CDC card, along with proof of US residency such as USA passport,visa or Green Card.

* Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.

 

🔴 Arriving from a red list country

If you've been to a country on the UK Government's red list in the 10 days before arriving in the UK, you are required by law to book and pay for a 'Managed quarantine package' which includes two PCR tests, food and accomodation for 10 days.

If you're continuing your journey to a country which is part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), you will need to book a quarantine package and enter managed quarantine at your first point of arrival. 

Book your managed quarantine package

After booking, you'll receive an invoice in the second email - Remember to add your invoice number to your passenger locator form.

 

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.

 

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.

Customers who have been to a country on the UK Government's 'red list' in the 10 days before arriving in the UK, and who are required by law to book and pay for a 'managed quarantine package' must remember to add your invoice number to your passenger locator form.

 

Pre-departure test

Customers aged 11 and over, 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.

Quarantine and Covid-19 testing on arrival

Arriving from the rest of the world

If you're not fully vaccinated and you travel to the UK from these countries, you must quarantine 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.

 

🔴 Arriving from a red list country

If you've been to a country on the UK Government's red list in the 10 days before arriving in the UK, you are required by law to book and pay for a 'Managed quarantine package' which includes two PCR tests, food and accomodation for 10 days.

If you're continuing your journey to a country which is part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), you will need to book a quarantine package and enter managed quarantine at your first point of arrival. 

Book your managed quarantine package

After booking, you'll receive an invoice in the second email - Remember to add your invoice number to your passenger locator form.

 

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.

Any red-list passenger with connecting flights can transit through London Heathrow's terminals provided that the connecting flight is on the same day as their arrival. 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 a negative covid test result taken within 72 hours of departure for the UK in order to accepted for your flight.

If you're continuing your journey from a red list country to a part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), you will need to book a quarantine package and enter managed quarantine at your first point of arriva

 

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