October 5, 2022


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U.K. Travel Restrictions Update

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Americans are traveling to Europe again but travel restrictions are still in effect for several countries, including the United Kingdom. If you’re hoping to visit the U.K., here are the latest CDC travel guidelines and U.K. government guidance.

CDC Risk Level 4 For The U.K.

The CDC currently assigns a level 4 Covid-19 risk rating for the United Kingdom. This is the highest risk level and indicates the transmission risk is “very high” for Covid-19 and its variants. Taking it a step further, the CDC only recommends traveling to the United Kingdom if you’re fully vaccinated.  

After returning from international travel, the CDC recommends the fully vaccinated get a viral test 3-5 days after travel. However, they do not have to quarantine. Non-vaccinated travelers should stay home for the first 7 days post-travel and get a viral test between days 3 and 5. If you forego the post-travel test, the CDC recommends isolating for 10 full days after travel.

The United States maintains a firm stance on international travel, primarily because of the Delta variant

The variant is rapidly spreading across the U.S. and across the world. Nations may have to roll back the re-opening plans for tourism and non-essential travel. 

U.K. Eases Travel Restrictions For U.S. Travelers

Starting August 2, 2021, fully-vaccinated United States residents and travelers from other “green list nations” won’t have to self-quarantine when entering the U.K. for non-essential travel. England and Scotland currently have the most flexible August 2nd entry requirements. Northern Ireland and Wales may have their own travel guidelines.

International guests should review the travel guidelines for each United Kingdom nation they will be visiting.

United States Extends U.K. Travel Ban

While the United Kingdom is making it easier for Americans and European Union residents to visit the country again, the United States isn’t reciprocating the favor. There has been a United Kingdom travel ban since the early weeks of the pandemic in 2020. 

On Monday, July 26, 2021, the Biden Administration extended the travel restrictions for U.K. residents wanting to visit the United States. The international travel restrictions also apply to several other nations including the EU, China and South American nations due to the Delta variant.


While the United Kingdom won’t require a mandatory 10-day quarantine for vaccinated Americans starting in August 2021, the United States still discourages travel to the U.K. The CDC recommends only traveling if necessary and following the pre-travel and post-travel guidelines to minimize your transmission risk.

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