Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, UK

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy London, United Kingdom (updated June 05, 2020 at 15:40 BST)

Location:  United Kingdom

Event:  Health Alert

U.S. Embassy London will be sending a daily update to ensure all US citizens in the United Kingdom have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions. Updated information will be prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at SCSLondon@state.gov

(NEW) Public Health Contact Form Available for Travelers to UK

Beginning June 8, 2020, individuals arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days and may be contacted to verify compliance. All new arrivals will be required to provide UK officials with contact and travel information upon arrival. The public health contact information form must be completed prior to your arrival. The form may be submitted beginning 48 hours before arrival in the UK. The completed form must be presented upon arrival at the UK border, either by printing a copy or showing it on a phone.

Anyone failing to complete the public health contact information form or adhere to the new policy may be denied UK entry or be subject to fines. Transit passengers who have onward travel outside of the UK and who do not pass border control are exempt from self-isolation requirements.

Once the rules come into place you may be fined £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details in England, £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate in England, or you could face further action. More information on enforcement measures in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be posted on the U.S. Embassy London’s website as soon as it is available.

For complete details, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

Commercial Flights Still Available from UK to USA

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from the UK at this time. U.S. citizens in the UK who wish to return to the United States should make commercial flight arrangements or be prepared to remain in the UK for an indefinite period.

International flights from the UK to the United States are departing from London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Four carriers are running daily flights from LHR to the United States. Below is a list of carriers and possible destinations:

  • Carriers: American, British, Delta, and United
  • Destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Commercial flights are still available from multiple UK airports connecting to London Heathrow for direct flights to the United States. Trains from Scotland to London are also still available; however, this may change at any moment. Please check the airport and rail websites for the latest information:

Guidance for Travelers

The Department of State encourages all U.S. citizens to enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates.

The U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information at https://uk.usembassy.gov

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel.

Airline staff may deny boarding to passengers exhibiting potential COVID-19 symptoms. Passengers who are denied boarding will be directed to an airport self-isolation room where they may make quarantine arrangements before departing the airport. Each terminal should have a designated self-isolation room. Travelers exhibiting symptoms will be required to arrange their own transportation and accommodations for the quarantine period.

Please visit: Heathrow’s Coronavirus Update page for more airport information and a detailed FAQ section.

Actions to Take

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Have a plan to depart the UK that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from the UK at this time. 
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our updated Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the United Kingdom.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States

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