Travelling to the UK from Australia during COVID-19
The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Australians travelling to the United Kingdom.
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The UK (that is England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) is currently welcoming Australians to its shores, but does have quite specific testing requirements – even if you are a UK citizen or resident.
If you're travelling to the UK, we've outlined all the need-to-know information to make your trip from Australia as smooth as possible.
Will I need to take COVID-19 tests when entering the UK?
Yes. At the minimum, you'll need to take a Day 2 test on or before day 2 after your arrival in the UK.
If you haven't been fully vaccinated, additional tests may be required.
The good news is that the UK government now recognises arrivals who have been fully vaccinated under Australia's vaccine rollout as being "fully vaccinated". This isn't the case for all countries – you can check out the full list here.
COVID-19 statistics in United Kingdom vs Australia
New COVID-19 Deaths
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What's open in United Kingdom?
Pretty much everything!
- Essential services, such as supermarkets and pharmacies
- Green spaces and beaches
- Indoor and outdoor hospitality venues are open.
- Non-essential retail
- Personal care services including hairdressers and nail salons
- Public buildings such as community centres and libraries
- Attractions and events such as zoos, theme parks, drive-in experiences, fetes, literary fairs and fairgrounds
- Sports facilities and indoor leisure for individual use
- Childcare services
- Commemorative ceremonies (I.e. weddings, wakes)
- Holiday homes for overnight stays
No matter how long it's been since you arrived in the UK from Australia, when outside you must abide by the current lockdown rules.
Major tourist attractions that are open
- Tower of London – Open as usual
- London Eye – Open as usual
- The British Museum – Open as usual
- Stonehenge – Open as usual
- Buckingham Palace – Open as usual
- Edinburgh Castle – Open as usual
- Hyde Park – Open as usual
- St Paul's Cathedral – Open as usual
Frequently asked questions about travelling from Australia to United Kingdom:
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