Entry requirements, and much more
In addition to entry requirements, our portal also provides live Covid infection numbers, weather, exchange rate, travel popularity, hotel/flight availability, and lots of other information that may be useful to those considering flying from the UK.
Which countries require a PCR test?
Many countries require a fit-to-fly certificate, which is usually the results of a negative PCR test. These tests must be booked privately. The list above shows the test requirements for each country. If you click on a country you will find a lot of other useful information including any other entry requirements.
What’s the difference between a PCR and an RT-PCR Covid-19 Test?
Ultimately, A PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) test and an RT (Reverse Transcription) PCR Test are both designed to detect a current infection of Covid-19. An RT-PCR is suitable for any country that requires a PCR test; however, some popular travel destinations specifically require an RT-PCR test.
With the exception of our same-day service, all PCR tests at VIVO Clinic are RT-PCR tests.
How often is the information updated?
Our information is updated frequently. Entry requirement data is checked with our data partners every six hours. Live infection statistics are checked approximately every hour. When viewing a specific country you can see when all of the different pieces of information were updated near the bottom of the page.
How accurate is the information?
The information is sourced from hundreds of different resources and aggregated by our data partners. We chose our data partners because of the quality, and accuracy is very good. Despite this, we still insist that you check any information with your travel operator or the government website before making travel arrangements.
At the bottom of each country page is a form where you can report information you believe is inaccurate. Please provide a source when filling out these forms.
General news regarding traveling from the UK during the pandemic. Country specific travel news will be posted on the relevant country page.
UK suspends all travel corridors
18 January, 2021
Previously, dozens of countries were on a list which allowed travellers to arrive in the UK without self-isolating for 10 days. Now all arrivals will need to quarantine for 10 days unless they have opted in to the test to release program and they obtain a negative PCR test results five days after arrival.
New PCR travel test locations
15 January, 2021
We will begin PCR travel tests at a new Middlesbrough location on Tuesday the 18th of January. Bookings can be made online.
We also adjusted our appointment schedule at the London PCR Travel test clinic to accommodate more travellers.
Third National Lockdown
5 January, 2021
Today, the UK begins a third national lockdown with restrictions similar to that of the first. Some travel operators have already cancelled outgoing flights and new restrictions regarding travel from the UK are likely to be introduced shortly.
Oxford-AstraZeneca approved in the UK
30 December, 2020
The Oxford-AstraZeneca has been approved in the UK and will begin to roll out from the 4th of January. The UK purchased significantly more of the Oxford vaccine than they did of the Pfizer vaccine which should mean a swifter rollout.
40+ countries ban arrivals from UK
21 December, 2020
Important – More than 40 countries have banned arrivals for from the UK. The restrictions are in response to a new variant of the Covid-19 virus.
France closes border to the UK
20 December, 2020
France has closed its borders to the UK in response to a new variant of the virus.
New PCR test locations added
17 December, 2020
Canary Islands publish approved PCR directory
2 December, 2020
The official Canary Islands tourism site has published a directory of approved PCR test providers. Full list here.
Pfizer and BioNTech Vaccine Approved in the UK
2 December, 2020
The MHRA has approved the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine in the UK. The vaccine will begin to roll out within days.
UK Lockdown Ends
2 December, 2020
The four week UK lockdown has ended. Tougher, three-tier restrictions are now in place with 99% of the population being placed in the top two tiers.
Cut quarantine in half with Test to Release PCR
1 December, 2020
From the 15th of December, the governments new ‘test to release‘ program will allow travellers entering the UK to reduce their quarantine time significantly by taking a private PCR test.
Travel statistics for November published
30 November, 2020
We’ve just published PCR travel statistics for November. See which countries are currently popular destinations for UK travellers and how they compare to October.
More countries added to Britain's travel corridor
13 November, 2020
Chile, Cambodia, Laos, the Turks & Caicos have been added in addition to the United Arab Emirates for holidaymakers looking to catch some sun after lockdown is due to end in December
Pfizer and BioNTech announce promising vaccine trials
9 November, 2020
Pfizer and BioNTech have tested a Covid-19 vaccine on 43,500 and claim that it prevented over 90% of them from developing Covid symptoms.
The UK has already ordered enough for 5 million people. If an effective vaccine is rolled out it will likely ease international travel restrictions.
More details here
Lockdown begins in the UK
5 November, 2020
A second national lockdown has begun in the UK. All non-essential travel is prohibited for at least four weeks.
Birmingham clinic expands PCR testing capacity
17 September, 2020
Due to popular demand, our Birmingham clinic has expanded PCR travel testing capacity by moving to new premises, increasing opening hours, and hiring new team members.
If you were having difficulty finding availability for a PCR travel test in Birmingham you should be able to find a suitable slot on the booking page.