Stricter travel restrictions on entry to the UK


UK government has this week announced a number of new measures to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. These changes affect travellers arriving into the UK and will be in place from Monday 15 Feb.


All incoming passengers have to:

  • fill in a passenger locator form before arrival
  • show proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken in the 72 hours before travelling (Border Force officials are now carrying out spot checks)
  • self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival into the UK

From Monday 15 Feb, arrivals in England will also have to take a Covid test on days two and eight of quarantine (self-funded). A positive test result requires a further 10 days of self-isolation.

For anyone failing to take a mandatory test, there will be a £1,000 fine. Failing to take a second test will result in a £2,000 fine, with quarantine automatically extended to 14 days. Airlines can be fined £2,000 for passengers arriving without a completed form and advance negative test.

A small number of workers are exempt from quarantine, including pilots and some seasonal agricultural workers. ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland have their own travel rules, which differ slightly.

For travellers arriving from a country that is not on the red list, the ‘test and release’ scheme still applies.


From Monday 15 Feb, UK residents and Irish nationals arriving from ‘red list’ countries will need to quarantine in Government-designated hotels.

Quarantine accommodation will need to be booked in advance. In England, this will cost £1,750 (paid by the traveller) to cover transfers, tests and accommodation.

Arrivals will be escorted straight to their hotel and they will have to stay in their rooms for 10 nights, with security guards accompanying them if they go outside.

Those failing to quarantine in a designated hotel face fines of between £5,000 to £10,000. Anyone who lies on their passenger locator form about having been in a country on the red list will face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.



MIDAS Travel consultants advise all our travellers and bookers on any changes affecting their trips.

Should MIDAS clients wish to find out more, please contact your travel team. For any other enquiries, get in touch.