What to know about travel 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 United Kingdom.
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If you're still committed to travelling to the UK, we've outlined all the need-to-know information, from quarantine rules to internal travel restrictions to make your trip from Australia as smooth as possible.
Can I travel from Australia to United Kingdom?Anyone from Australia can travel into the UK so long as they haven't been to or through a country on the declared banned list (also known as the "red list") in the past 10 days, and does the following:
- Before you arrive you must take a COVID-19 test 3 days before your departure and present a negative result.
- When you arrive in the UK you must still go into quarantine for 10 days. This can be at a residence of your choosing, unless you've been to a country on the declared banned list in which case you'll be sent to a managed quarantine hotel. This will be at your own expense.
- Furthermore, you'll have to take two COVID-19 tests after you arrive in the UK. These must be organised by yourself prior to arrival and are to be taken on days 2 and 8 of your stay.
The only other exception for travel from Australia is if you are British, Irish or have the right to live in the UK.
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When can I travel to United Kingdom? When will the United Kingdom borders open?While you can technically travel to the UK, borders are closed for quarantine-free travel to Aussie leisure travellers and there is no set border reopening date.
UK citizens, residents and international travellers with essential reasons can still go from Australia to the UK. However, they all need to present a negative COVID-19 test and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival from Australia.
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Are there any exemptions for travelling to United Kingdom?
If you're Australian as well as a resident or citizen of United Kingdom, you can travel home, but it may be difficult to find available (and affordable) flights. There are a few exemptions that will let you travel from Australia to United Kingdom but you must get permission from the government.
Can I travel to United Kingdom if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?
Yes, if you're Australian and a permanent resident or citizen of United Kingdom, you are allowed to return to your home.
Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from Australia will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.
What are the entry requirements for United Kingdom coming from Australia?
Do I need a permit to enter United Kingdom?All travellers from Australia to the UK must complete a passenger locator form and submit it at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Australians do not have to complete this form if you are arriving from Ireland, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man or if your job means that you are exempt.
You can complete the passenger locator form here.
On top of the permit, Aussies need to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure from United Kingdom to the UK in order to be allowed in.
Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?No, a COVID-19 vaccine or a "vaccine passport" is not required for travellers from Australia to enter the UK.
Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for United Kingdom?To enter the UK from Australia you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken no later than 72 hours prior to your departure for the UK.
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