Traveling to the UK – a handy guide to the passenger tracking form


This guide is also available in Welsh.

Overview

You must complete an online passenger locator form before you arrive in the UK. You must complete the form even if you are only transiting through the UK.

You can submit the form at any time within 48 hours of your arrival in the UK. Sending the form is free. You will need to show your form when checking in to travel or board your plane, train or ferry to the UK.

You can also use the passenger tracking form service to:

  • create an account to save your details if you travel frequently
  • log into your account to edit and submit an unfinished form
  • prove your vaccination status, if you have been fully vaccinated in the UK

If you are traveling with other people

Each adult must complete their own form.

You can include a person under the age of 18 traveling with you on your form, if you are staying together at the same address in the UK.

Check which rules apply when traveling with children.

When you don’t need to fill out the form

You do not need to complete the passenger locator form or book COVID-19 testing if you are traveling from any of the following locations and have been there for 10 days or more:

  • Republic of Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man

You are not required to complete the form if your job means you are exempt.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests and quarantine rules

Any tests that you need to take after arriving in the UK should be booked before completing the passenger tracking form.

You may also need to provide a negative coronavirus test before traveling to the UK, depending on where you have been in the 10 days before arrival and whether you are fully vaccinated.

If you are traveling to England

Read an overview of all the rules if you are:

There are different rules if you have been in a Red List country or territory within 10 days of arriving in England. The rules of the Red List apply whether or not you are fully vaccinated.

If you are traveling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

The UK is made up of four nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They may have different border health rules and it is essential that you check the rules of the country you are traveling to.

Check the test and quarantine rules:

What you will need to complete your form

To complete the form, you will need:

  • your email – you will need it to be able to reconnect to your form and receive your QR code
  • your phone number – we should be able to contact you on this number in the UK
  • your passport details or the travel document you will use when you arrive at the UK border – you must use the same travel document for arrival and departure
  • details of your trip, including times and dates
  • the address where you will be staying in the UK (if applicable)
  • booking reference numbers for any COVID-19 tests you need to take after you arrive in the UK
  • the invoice number of your quarantine hotel reservation if you need it

If you are arriving in England and using Test to Release, you will also need the name of the test provider you booked with.

You can include multiple trips in your form if you enter the UK more than once in a 48 hour period.

Vaccination status on entry into the UK

On your passenger tracking form, you will be asked if you meet the vaccine eligibility criteria.

To be eligible, you must be fully immunized. This means that you have received a full course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to your arrival in the UK. The day you received your last dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The vaccine should be administered either by:

  • the British vaccination program
  • an approved overseas vaccination program in a listed country

If you meet the criteria, you must bring proof of your eligibility with you during the trip.

If you don’t meet the criteria, or choose not to say so, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and purchase a day 2 and 8 test.

Regardless of your vaccination status, you may still need to self-isolate if NHS Test and Trace informs you that you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. See the rules on NHS Test and Trace for more information.

It is a criminal offense to provide false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form. You could be fined, imprisoned, or both if you fail to provide specific details of the countries you visited in the 10 days prior to arriving in the UK.

After completing the form

Download the form or choose to receive it by email in PDF format. The form will include a QR code. You can print it or keep it on your phone. You will be asked to show your QR code to your airline, ferry / cruise or train operator before boarding. You may also be asked to show it when you arrive in the UK.

What we do with the information you provide

The information you provide will be used to contact you if someone you have traveled with develops symptoms of COVID-19. It can also be used to verify that you are complying with the quarantine rules that apply to you.

Your information will be kept for 42 days and then deleted, unless it is needed for related work.

If you create an account, the information you have saved will be kept for up to 6 months from the date of your last connection.

Your account and all information stored there will then be deleted.

Your information will be used in accordance with the privacy policy.

If you need to update your contact details

If any of your information changes after submitting your form, such as your travel details or contact details, you must complete a new form.

If you need help filling out the form

You can call the passenger locator form helpline. Help is available in English only.

Call from UK

Assistance line for passenger tracking form

Telephone: 0800 678 1767

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., GMT

Calls are free

Call from outside the UK

Assistance line for passenger tracking form

Telephone: 0044 207 113 0371

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., GMT

Call charges depend on the network provider

Entering the UK – Vaccination rules

Check if you are fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated means you have received a full course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before your arrival in England. The day you received your last dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The vaccine should be administered either by:

  • the British vaccination program
  • an approved overseas vaccination program in a listed country

See the latest guidelines on displaying your immunization status

If you are fully vaccinated

Before traveling to England

Before traveling to England you must:

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

When you arrive in England

After arriving in England, you must take a COVID-19 test no later than Day 2. You must book this test before traveling.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a COVID-19 test on day 2. You only need to take the test if you are still in England on day 2.

If you have been vaccinated in the UK

If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, you can use the Passenger Tracking Form service to prove your vaccination status. If you choose to do so, you will need to provide a scan or screenshot of the final dose QR code on a valid vaccination certificate.

Proof of your vaccination status

You must prove that you have been fully vaccinated. You can show it using a printed document or a digital certificate. It should be issued by a national or state public health body and include:

  • your first and last name (s)
  • your date of birth
  • the brand and manufacturer of the vaccine
  • the date of vaccination for each dose
  • the country or territory of vaccination and / or issuance of the certificate

The exact evidence requirements depend on the approved program under which you were vaccinated. Check what proof is required for the country or territory where you were vaccinated.

If you cannot prove that you qualify for the fully immunized period, you must follow the rules for people who are not fully immunized.

If you are not fully vaccinated

This is what you should do if you do not qualify for the fully vaccinated rules to travel to England.

Before traveling to England

Before traveling to England you must:

Learn more about the COVID-19 test before you travel to England.

When you arrive in England

After arriving in England, you must:

  • quarantine at home or where you are staying for 10 days
  • take your pre-booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and day 8 or after – you must book these tests before you travel

If you are in England for less than 10 days, you must quarantine yourself for the time you are here. You must book the day 2 and day 8 travel tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in England on these days.

Test pattern until publication

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end the quarantine sooner if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release program.

Some people are exempt from some or all of the COVID-19 travel and entry requirements because of their job. Read the guide to jobs eligible for travel exemptions.

Medical exemptions

Some people cannot be fully immunized for medical reasons. Learn more about medical immunization exemptions.

There are also medical exemptions from:

Red List Rules

If you have stayed in a Red Listed country or territory within the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a UK or Irish national, or have residence rights in the UK. UK.

You should follow these rules even if you have been fully vaccinated.

There are separate guidelines on what to do if you are traveling overseas from England.

Before traveling to England

Before traveling to England you must:

When you arrive in England

When you arrive in England you must quarantine in a managed hotel including 2 COVID-19 tests.

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