COVID-19 Information

The information on this page was correct as of June 14, 2022 at 09:00 GMT.

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions.

*** Effective November 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced it will change its Travel Advisory for South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.  New air travel restrictions from these eight countries that will apply.  Any travelers who have been in one of these countries in the 14 days prior to their attempted entry into the United States should check the U.S. Embassy website from the country they visited for more information on requirements. 

In addition, the order also requires a passenger attestation. The Attestation may be found at the CDC website “Passenger Attestation Form” (PDF).

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Please see the CDC’s website for information on what you need to travel to the United States. 

If you or your child’s U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to travel to the U.S. using the expired U.S. passport. Please check our website to see if you or your child qualifies before booking travel.

Country-Specific Information

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom: Exercise increased caution due to terrorism.

The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the United Kingdom due to Covid-19.

For the latest information and advice for travel to the United Kingdom with regards to COVID-19, please visit the U.K. Government’s webpage on Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice.

Travel from the United Kingdom to the United States

Travel restrictions remain in place for travel from the United Kingdom to the United States.  Please read our FAQs to see the requirements for travel to or transit through the United States at this time.

If you are planning on traveling to the United States, it is important that you check quarantine regulations for the state you are visiting before you depart. You can find the most-up to date information on the CDC website and your state’s health department website

UK COVID-19 Restrictions

From Friday 18 March, travelers to the UK will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

The UK response to COVID-19 is updated frequently as the government monitors the situation. Each country’s guidelines within in the UK may vary slightly. For the latest information, please go to the below websites.

U.S. citizens residing in the United Kingdom are subject to the UK government’s regulations. 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are no longer required by law. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom? Yes
  • Are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.  Test results are available within 24 hours for additional fees.

Please see the requirements for your region:

If you require a test for international travel, you will need to obtain a test from a private clinic and not from the links above on the NHS.  Testing may cost anywhere from £40 – £500 depending on where you are tested and the type of test you take. COVID-19 tests differ in the amount of time they take to get results (from 45 minutes to 48 hours).  Please see our COVID-19 testing providers page for a list of potential test providers. Ensure the testing center knows your test is for travel overseas (i.e. to the United States).

COVID-19 Waivers for travel to U.S.

COVID-19 Vaccination Waivers

If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country.  Some categories of noncitizen, nonimmigrants are excepted from this requirement. If you meet the criteria for one of these categories, you will need to fulfill additional requirements to travel by air to the United States.  For information on exceptions please see the CDC’s website and scroll down to the heading “Exceptions.”

The CDC may grant a humanitarian or emergency exception in limited circumstances only when an individual must travel to the United States to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and is unable to become fully vaccinated before travel. Individuals who fit the exception criteria described in the Presidential Proclamationexternal icon and CDC’s Order may contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in or nearest the country from which they are departing for the United States. The embassy will then transmit this information to the CDC for consideration.external icon

To facilitate the review of a humanitarian or emergency exception request, the following information should be provided by email to Embassy London for each passenger traveling from the UK for transmission to the CDC:

  • Name (family name/surname, given name)
  • Passport #
  • Nationality
  • Cell phone number (including country code) of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • US destination address
    • Is US destination home address?
  • Flight itinerary, including any connecting flights
    • Airline
    • Flight #
    • Departure airport and date of departure
    • Arrival airport and date of arrival
  • Vaccination Status
    • Fully Vaccinated
      • Name of vaccine product (or products if a combination)
      • Date of first dose
      • Date of second dose (if a two-dose series)
      • PDF or photograph of vaccination record
    • NOT Fully Vaccinated
  • Purpose of travel to the US and a brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed
  • Justification for humanitarian or emergency exception to providing proof of being fully vaccinated (e.g., vaccine availability, passenger ineligible for vaccine at location, insufficient time to become fully vaccinated)
  • Documentation to support justification (e.g., medical records, orders for emergency evacuation)
  • Information regarding any other solutions that were sought prior to application (e.g., flight changes, testing en route, assistance in obtaining testing/vaccination, etc.)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of the United Kingdom approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in the United Kingdom for U.S. citizens to receive?  Any person in the United Kingdom, regardless of status, is able to receive the vaccine if they are part of an eligible group.
  • Which vaccines are available in the United Kingdom? Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna

The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow the United Kingdom’s developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

If you qualify for NHS treatment, please see here for more information including links to vaccination procedures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Click here for information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

If you have been vaccinated in the United States, but use the NHS in the United Kingdom, see the NHS’s website for how to update your vaccination records.

Entry and Exit Requirements

From 4am on Friday 18 March, all travelers to the UK will not need to take any COVID-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

  • you do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
  • you do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
  • you do not need to quarantine when you arrive

It includes people who are transiting through England. You should follow any rules that your travel provider tells you to follow.

Please see UK Visa and Immigration’s website for information on visa extensions for residents and tourists.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

As the rules are regularly being updated, please see the UK government’s website for the latest information. Please select the country you are traveling to (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) for guidance specific to that country.

For Transiting Travelers

Passing through England as part of an international journey is called ‘transiting’.

For information on requirements please see the UK government website.

Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Please see travel requirements for your region:

Travelling on within the CTA after an international journey

If you will be travelling on from England to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Island or the Isle of Man after an international journey, you must follow the rules for testing and quarantine for your final destination.

Travelling within the UK

Because of COVID-19, there may be restrictions in place on what you can do, including restrictions on travel. For details, and for information on national and local restrictions, check:

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

For information on how to stay safe on public transportation in the UK, please see the UK government guidance. You are required to wear a face covering on public transport unless exempt.

Commercial Flights Available from UK to USA

Commercial flights continue to be available from multiple UK airports connecting to London Heathrow for direct flights to the United States. Trains from Scotland to London are also available. Please check the airport and rail websites for the latest information.

At the Airport(s)

  • DO NOT travel if you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste or smell).
  • CHECK the status of your flight with your airline as some schedules are still subject to change.
  • ONLY TRAVEL to the airport if you have a flight booked.
  • PACK a suitable face covering, as this will be required at all times inside the airport and on all public transportation.

If symptomatic at an airport

  • If a traveler is denied boarding because of potential COVID-19 symptoms, they might be directed to an airport self-isolation room while the traveler arranges their own transport to quarantine accommodations.
  • Travelers exhibiting symptoms are required to find a location for self-isolation and quarantine.

See individual airport websites for the latest information:

If Travel Plans Have Been Cancelled

The Embassy is unable to assist with obtaining refunds for travel that has been cancelled. We recommend you contact the company or website from which you purchased your tickets or with whom you have reservations. You may also wish to contact your credit card company for their assistance.

Consular Operations

U.S. Citizen Services

If you or your child’s U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to travel to the U.S. using the expired U.S. passport. Please check our website to see if you or your child qualifies before booking travel.

The U.S. Embassy in London has resumed some passport and citizenship services. Please see our website for more information.

Visa Services

We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. Visa appointments remain limited. Due to the impact of COVID-19, visa services and travel restrictions may change rapidly so please check this website regularly. Please see our U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs for the most up to date information.

Local Resources

For the latest information with regards to COVID-19, please visit the UK government’s webpage on Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice.

To find out more on what you can and can’t in the UK, please visit the UK government’s webpage on Coronavirus outbreak FAQs:  what you can and can’t do.

View U.S. Embassy London’s Most Recent Alerts.

U.S. Centers For Disease Control Resources

Other Links

Security Updates

The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates. Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.

Embassy Assistance for U.S. Citizens in Distress

U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom
33 Nine Elms Lane  London, UK SW11 7US
+44 (0) 207-499-9000
from U.S.: 011 44 (0)20 7499-9000
SCSLondon@state.gov or our website at uk.usembassy.gov.

U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh
+44 (0) 131 556-8315
Edinburgh-info@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Belfast 
+44 (0) 28 9038-6100
acsbelfast@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
United Kingdom Country Information page.

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