United Kingdom Travel Alerts and Warnings

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.

For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.

What are the issues affecting travelers in the United Kingdom? Read the latest travel warnings and alerts.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in the UK – updated 6 October 2021

From 2 August 2021, travelers who have been fully vaccinated in many European countries or the USA don't need to quarantine on arrival in England or take a day 8 test.

Since 14 May 2021, the UK limits entry to travelers depending on 
which country they are traveling from. Different rules apply through the UK with the national governments of EnglandWalesScotland and Northern Ireland easing restrictions in different phases and at different times. The UK Government border control website is useful. 

Entry requirements to the United Kingdom

Current advice from many governments around the world is to not travel to the UK. Many countries have also announced travel bans, restrictions or compulsory quarantine rules for travelers from the UK. Please consult your travel agent or airline before traveling to or from the UK.

Heightened screening measures have been implemented at the main international airports around the United Kingdom.

What to expect in the UK

As of 12 April, some lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Many outdoor attractions and venues as well as non-essential retail can reopen. However, people should still stay at home whenever possible and must not mix with other households indoors. If you are a UK resident, check the FCO's latest advice on travel here.

Different rules apply through the UK with the national governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland easing restrictions in different phases and at different times. For travelers or residents who are currently within the UK, make sure you understand the rules and follow the specific advice for each region you visit.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Previous travel alerts for the United Kingdom

Storm Dennis causing disruptions across the UK – February 2020

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for large parts of the UK as Storm Dennis passes over the region.

Following Storm Ciara last week, which caused nearly 1 million power cuts and widespread travel disruption, Storm Dennis has led to a record number of flood alerts and warnings being put in place for England and Wales.

Ongoing severe weather may cause further disruption to your flights or travel itinerary.

Stay up to date with weather reports and contact your airline to find out if your flights have been canceled or delayed.

Red weather alert: Severe winter storms - 1 March, 2018

Winter Storm Emma is combining with the Siberian storm known as the "Beast from the East" to create the most serious winter conditions the United Kingdom has seen for years. A red weather alert - the highest level - has been issued by the Met Office for parts of Devon, Somerset and South Wales, and amber or yellow warnings are in effect for the rest of the country.

Harsh conditions are expected to continue into next week in some areas. Heavy snow is predicted for the entire region, with freezing rain also possible. Due to hazardous road conditions, unnecessary trips should be avoided. Travelers should be prepared for long travel delays and cancellations on bus, rail, and air travel. Check the Met Office for the latest weather information.

Flight delayed or canceled?

If you’re delayed or miss your flight, there are a number of options available to you where you can claim additional expenses. Contact us for more information.

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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