Information for U.S. citizens who have tested positive for COVID-19

**U.S. citizens should take both U.S. and UK quarantine requirements into account before traveling to the United Kingdom.  U.S. citizens should have a plan in place on what to do should they test positive for COVID-19 while traveling abroad.**

Click here to see our PDF Info sheet for U.S. citizens.

UK Quarantine Requirements

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the UK Government guidance.  U.S. citizens in the UK are subject to UK government regulations and should be prepared to quarantine if required by UK government regulations.

Medical Services in the UK

If you are feeling unwell and require medical care, you can obtain medical treatment.  Visitors to England will not be charged by the NHS for testing or treatment related to coronavirus.  Click here for details of medical service providers in the UK.   Please note, NHS COVID-19 test results are not acceptable to use for travel purposes.

Returning to the U.S.

If you have tested positive and wish to return to the United States, click here to review the COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travelers to the United States over 2 years old.  You can also review information regarding the CDC’s requirements to travel internationally by clicking here. 

People who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after their infection.

If you have had a positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, follow the guidance below.

Step 1: Keep your positive test result!  You may still need the test result to provide evidence of recovery from COVID-19.

Step 2: Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you have no symptoms.

Step 3: If after 10 days, you continue to test positive but have no symptoms, you may travel instead with your positive viral test results and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”  The letter must have information that identifies you personally (e.g., name and date of birth) that matches the personal identifiers on your passport or other travel documents. The letter must be signed and dated on official letterhead that contains the name, address, and phone number of the healthcare provider or public health official who signed the letter.  In the United Kingdom you may need to speak to a private doctor in order to obtain a letter as they are not commonly available on the NHS.  For information on medical services in the UK, including medical services that provide documentation of recovery letters, please see our website here.  Some medical services that may be able to assess recovery include:

Dr. Charlie Easmon
Medical Director
Your Excellent Health Service, 1 Harley St, London W1G 9QD
+44 (0)20 7580 5467
charlie@yourexcellenthealth.org

Nicola Stewart
Medical Secretary
Spire Health, Multiple Locations
+44 (0)80 8239 9290
Nicola.Stewart@spirehealthcare.com

SameDayDoctor
Multiple Locations
0207 631 0090

Step 4: If you have recovered from COVID-19 but are not able to obtain documentation of recovery that fulfills the requirements, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a sample taken no more than 1 day before your flight to the US departs.

For further information on CDC travel requirements please check the CDC’s website.

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the above lists. Inclusion on a list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.