Heathrow and Gatwick: Travel advice for USA, Dubai, Thailand, South Africa and Japan

Domenica Philio

Table of Contents USA Dubai Thailand South Africa Japan Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated Articles With the UK’s Covid situation improving and freedom day within sight it’s hard not to dream about going on holiday. The nation will be hoping that travel gets opened up to more countries at the government’s […]

With the UK’s Covid situation improving and freedom day within sight it’s hard not to dream about going on holiday.

The nation will be hoping that travel gets opened up to more countries at the government’s next travel review on July 26.

Currently the government requires Brits to isolate for 10 days if they are travelling from amber countries.

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If you stay in a red list country you must be isolated for 10 days before returning to England. Once in the country anyone returning from red list countries must stay in a quarantine hotel for a further 10 days.

Here is the latest guidance for travelling to and from the USA, Dubai, Thailand, South Africa and Japan:

USA



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The United States is under the government’s amber list so we shouldn’t be travelling there.

Since March 16 2020, Brits have not been allowed to travel to the USA if they had been in the UK, Ireland, Schengen zone, Iran, Brazil, or China within the previous 14 days.

On 30 January 2021, South Africa was added.

If you do travel to the United States you must isolate for 10 days on your return.

Dubai



Dubai, UAE
You must isolate for ten days after returning from Dubai

Visitors to Dubai must have a negative Covid-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure and present the certificate at check in.

Travellers arriving in Dubai may be required to undertake a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and will have to isolate pending the result of the COVID-19 PCR test.

On returning to the UK travellers to Dubai will be required to isolate for ten days.

Thailand

Most travellers to Thailand, including all British nationals travelling from the UK, are required to complete 14 days’ quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility .



It could be a while until Londoners enjoy the wonders of Thailand
It could be a while until Londoners enjoy the wonders of Thailand

In these facilities you will not normally be allowed to leave your room except for medical treatment or Covid-19 tests.

Thailand is currently on the government’s amber list so visitors will have to quarantine for ten days when they return to England.

South Africa

Strict health protocols are in place for international travellers to South Africa.

You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test to border officials when you arrive in South Africa.

The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure.

The government advises you carry several paper copies of your test as you may need to present it more than once on your journey.

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If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be made to pay for a Covid-19 and may be required to pay to quarantine too.

You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you will have to pay to self isolate for 10 days but if you have provided a negative test you do not have to self-isolate once in South Africa.

South Africa is on the red list meaning Britons must self-isolate in quarantine hotels for ten days on returning to the UK.

Japan



A street scene at night in Osaka
A street scene at night in Osaka

Unless you’re competing at the Olympics you most likely won’t be going to Japan any time soon.

Only Brits with special exceptional circumstances will be allowed into Japan.

If they do come under this very rare condition they will have to quarantine in a hotel when they return to the UK.

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