Travel Advice to USA from the UK

Note: this article was last updated on 2 December 2021 and was correct at time of writing.

Latest UK-US travel news: when can I travel to the US?

The US has now opened their borders to fully vaccinated travellers. With this move, travellers will no longer be subject to the tight restrictions that have been imposed since spring 2020.

To enter the US, the vaccine you’ve received should either be FDA-approved or included in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. The AstraZeneca jab, is one of them.

Passengers will have to show proof of vaccination before boarding a US-bound plane and a negative COVID test result, taken within 72 hours of departure. Or proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last 90 days (Medical signed Letter will be required with full name and dates shown on letter – cannot only have email from NHS showing you are cleared to travel).

For children travelling with parents they have to show an antigen or PCR test no more than 3 days before flight departure 

Additional test 3-5 days after arrival in America, currently the guidance on this is not fully known and the type of test and supervision requirement, therefore we advise you book a supervised Antigen test with proof of purchase in order to meet the attestation criteria you  will be agreeing to. (so this is another test supervised with proof) carry the proof of booking this test with you to airport and for security.

It is a legal requirement that all customers aged 2 years or older, travelling by air from the UK to the USA, must complete a Passenger Disclosure and Attestation form. This also includes any customers connecting through the USA. Parents or guardians may complete forms for passengers aged 2 to 17 years old.

You must complete the attestation form within 72 hours of your travel to the U.S. Please ensure this is completed online before you get to the airport, as it will be checked by our Airport staff and you will not be permitted to travel without it.

Quarantine requirements may be enforced and can vary depending on the state you’re travelling to. Please check the requirements of the local state you're arriving in before you travel.

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Please do not forget to book and pay for your ESTA for permitted entry into America for fully vaccinated visitors.

Useful Links

CDC website
UK Government about USA  

Returning back to the UK

Before you travel to England – fully vaccinated
Before you travel to England you must:

book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken when you arrive in England
complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
You cannot use an NHS test for your PCR test. You must use a private test provider.

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

If you’re in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative day 2 COVID-19 PCR test, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.

When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated
After you arrive in England you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel.

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.

Test results
If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.