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Travel Advice Update from Gov.uk and CDC

All the important information you need to know about pandemic travel in one place
By Editorial Team
Published on May 25, 2021

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Contents:

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UK to World

Advice for Americans in the UK

All information about UK travel is from www.gov.uk and is correct at time of publishing

FCDO travel advice during COVID

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice sets out COVID-19 and other risks that you may face if you travel abroad.

We continue to advise against all non-essential international travel to some countries and territories. You should check the country page for your destination. We also currently advise against cruise ship travel.

We are monitoring the international situation closely and keeping our advice under constant review, so that it reflects our latest assessment of risks to British people. We take a range of factors into account. For COVID-19, this includes the incidence rate and the resilience of healthcare provision in each country. Find out more about how our travel advice works.

Plan for your travel

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international travel. No travel is risk-free, and many countries have closed their borders or restricted entry to UK travellers. Any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant.

Read the guidance for your personal circumstances before deciding whether you should travel abroad. If you travel abroad, even if you are returning to a place you have visited before, follow this checklist:

1. Before you travel

2. When you're abroad

  • Continue to follow updates to travel advice, as there may be changes for your destination
  • Be prepared to comply with changing restrictions to manage local COVID-19 outbreaks, such as border closures, movement restrictions, testing and quarantine requirements
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to seek treatment where you are, and stay until you have recovered. If local authorities tell you to quarantine, you should expect to do that where you are
  • Travel restrictions may unexpectedly delay your return home. Plan for possible delays. Make sure you have access to money and have made practical arrangements to be away for longer than planned
  • If delays occur, you should keep in contact with your travel company or airline for any changes to transport schedules
  • Read our guidance if you are unable to return to the UK due to COVID-19

3. Prepare to return to the UK

Before you enter the UK you must:

4. When you arrive in the UK

Follow the rules that apply for the country or countries that you have visited, when you enter the UK from abroad, unless you are exempt.

If you're arriving in England from a country on the amber list, you may be able to pay for a COVID-19 test under Test to Release, to find out if you can reduce your self-isolation period.

Consular help from the FCDO

We publish all our travel advice on GOV.UK. Our consular officers cannot provide additional information by phone. Read more about the consular support we provide.

If FCDO travel advice changes when you are abroad

Our travel advice may change while you are in a country to advise against all travel there, or all but essential travel, because of new COVID-19 risks.

If this happens, we do not advise you to return immediately to the UK. Instead, you should follow the local advice on any restrictions the local authorities are taking to control the virus before your return to the UK.

If you decide to shorten your stay abroad because of a change in travel advice, you should:

  1. Contact your airline and travel company to discuss your options
  2. Take the actions to prepare to return to the UK

If changes relating to a new COVID-19 variant mean you cannot return from travel abroad

If you're travelling abroad and are unable to return to the UK, contact your airline or travel provider for advice. You can also contact the country's nearest US Embassy, Consulate, or Diplomatic Mission for urgent assistance.

Your mental wellbeing

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Keep in regular contact with the people who usually support you: family, friends, and colleagues, especially if you are in quarantine abroad.

Read guidance on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health if you're abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 health advice

Read the latest NHS guidance on COVID-19 for the current situation in the UK and abroad, and the latest government guidance on COVID-19.

The NaTHNaC provides general advice on preparing for foreign travel and how to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses.

US to World

Advice for Americans in the US

All information about US travel is from www.cdc.gov and is correct at time of publishing

Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated . If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC's recommendations for unvaccinated people.

People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States.

CDC will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available. This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories.

People are considered to be fully vaccinated*:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

If you don't meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

If you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others when you travel:

  • During Travel:
    Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    ❯ Follow all  state and local  recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • After Travel:
    ❯ Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    ❯ Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Before you travel:
    ❯ Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

  • During Travel:
    ❯ Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Wearing a mask is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    ❯ Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    ❯ Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

  • After travel:
    ❯ Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    ❯ If you don't get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    ❯ Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    ❯ Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    ❯ Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don't travel with someone who is sick.

Traveling Internationally? Check CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip.

State, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place, including testing requirements, stay-at-home orders, and quarantine requirements upon arrival. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the state or territorial and local health department where you are, along your route, and where you are going. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. Follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.

If traveling by air, check if your airline requires any health information, testing, or other documents.

* This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g. AstraZeneca/Oxford). See WHO's website for more information about WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

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