Effective 24 December 2020, passengers arriving into the UK who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry and direct flights will be banned.
In addition to the travel ban imposed on South Africa on 23 December, the Government will halt travel from all southern African countries to the UK from 4am on Saturday 9 January. Entry into the UK will be banned to those who in the last 10 days have travelled from or through any southern African country, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique and Angola – as well as Seychelles and Mauritius.
This does not include British and Irish nationals, visa holders and permanent residents, who will be able to enter but are required to self isolate for ten days along with their household.
The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID 19.
COVID-19 testing requirements for the UK
From 4am on Monday 18 January 2021, all arriving passengers in England and Scotland must provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate. Passengers must take the test in the 3 days before they board their flight in Dubai to travel to the UK. For example, if passengers depart Dubai on Friday, they must take a test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Passengers who do not present proof of a negative test result will be refused for travel.
Passengers must make sure that the test provider can meet the standards for pre-departure testing and provide a test certificate in the required format. Details of the type of test and information that the test result must include in relation to COVID testing requirements for travel to the UK, can be .
Children aged under 11 do not need to take a test.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required before boarding to travel to the UK.
Effective 30 October, a fine will be imposed on arriving passengers who have not submitted the Passenger Locator Form. Also, if passengers do not present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, they could be fined £500 on arrival into the UK.
Passengers arriving in the UK from the UAE (including transiting) must self-isolate for 10 days.
Passengers must self isolate in their accommodation for up to 10 days on arrival and they must provide details of their flight, transport, contact details and address for the period of self isolation.
Passengers must wear face coverings on all flights travelling from and to the UK.
If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.