Which tests do I need to book for my flight into the UK? 

The UK government has classified each country into a different colour zone based on it's Covid-19 risk. The country zones are Green, Amber and Red. When you are arriving in the UK from any of these zones, there are differing rules on which tests are needed and whether you need to isolate or not. 

To see the current list of country zones please follow this link.

What are the rules for green-list countries?

Nobody has to self-isolate after visiting countries on the green list.

Returning from a green-list destination, you must:

You only need to self-isolate on return from these countries if your day two test is positive, you develop symptoms or NHS Test & Trace says you've travelled with someone who tested positive.

What are the rules for returning from an amber-list country?

The vast majority of countries are on the amber list.

Adults fully vaccinated in the UK, the US and most European countries don't have to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK.

A Covid test is needed three days before returning from an amber country, and a PCR test two days after arriving.

Those arriving from Spain are being asked to use a PCR test for the first of those two tests.

Under-18s do not have to self-isolate.

In EnglandWales and Northern Ireland, children aged 10 and under don't have to test before travel, but do need to take one two days after arrival. Those aged four and under don't need any tests.

In Scotland, children over 12 have to take tests before returning home, and on day two.

What are the rules for red-list countries?

Red-list countries are those the UK government says present the highest Covid risk, and should not be visited "except in the most extreme of circumstances".

Dozens of countries are on the red list, including Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil and South Africa. If you have been in one in the last 10 days, you can only enter the UK if you are a UK or Irish national, or UK resident.

Returning from a red-list country - regardless of your vaccination status - you must:

Green Zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK

You do not need to isolate

You do need to take a Day 2 PCR test

Any vaccination status

Amber zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK.

Do not need to isolate.

You must complete a Day 2 Amber test on day 2 of your arrival.

Fully vaccinated

Amber zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK.

Quarantine at chosen address for 10 days and complete a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.

You may opt in to the Test to Release Scheme by taking a test on day 5. If negative, you can leave isolation. You must still complete a day 8 test.

NOT FULLY vaccinated

Red Zone

Complete a passenger locator form 48 hours prior to returning into the UK.

Quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel for 10 days and complete a PCR test on day 2 and day 8.

You may not opt into the Test to Release scheme.

any vaccination status