Public Health Passenger Locator Form
If visitors are visiting Great Britain and Northern Ireland from any country, they must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form that collects the following information:
- Their passport details or the travel document they’ll use when they arrive at the UK border
- Their travel details, including time and dates
- The address where they will stay in the UK (if applicable)
- Booking reference numbers for any COVID-19 tests they must take after arriving in the UK
- The invoice number for their quarantine hotel booking if they need one
The form must be completed online and submitted no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival.
After you complete the form
After visitors complete and submit the form they’ll receive a confirmation email with a document attached. Before they arrive at the border, they must either:
- print a copy of the document
- download the document on your phone
Visitors will need to show this document when they arrive in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Border Force officers will scan the QR code at the top of this document to check they have completed the form successfully. For further information, including what to do if they develop coronavirus symptoms while travelling, and how to complete the form if they are travelling with someone under 18, please visit the official government information page.
We’re Good To Go
On 26 February, VisitBritain announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council ( WTTC).
The We’re Good To Go scheme, launched last year by VisitEngland in partnership with the tourism boards of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place for when people are able to visit them. It has now been recognised by WTTC as meeting its international global standardised health and hygiene protocols and for its role in supporting the recovery of the UK tourism sector.
The WTTC stamp enables visitors to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted global standardised protocols – so they can experience ‘Safe Travels.’
VisitBritain is coordinating the Safe Travels stamp issue in the UK, on behalf of the WTTC, for businesses registered to its We’re Good To Go scheme, so travellers can visit them with confidence.
Find out more at visitbritain.com and remember to look for the mark on individual business websites when thinking about planning a future trip online. Our interactive map showcases all tourism and hospitality businesses that have the mark in the UK, allowing visitors to find where it is good to go.
How to travel responsibly
To make visitors days out as enjoyable as possible in the future, we encourage them to plan your trip in advance and to check all of the important facilities and attractions, while looking after our great outdoors. To ensure we’re all doing our bit to travel responsibly, here are a few general steps to help make planning easy, when we’re all able to travel again:
- When planning a trip, visitors should check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open before they travel so they’re not caught short. They can find information on public toilets open across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at Lockdown Loo.
- If visitors have an attraction in mind, please check online to see if they need to pre-book a time slot.
- Locations where face coverings are mandatory differ by nation, and visitors should follow the specific guidance for face coverings for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, depending on the country they are visiting.
- If visitors are travelling by air, at arrival they may be requested to wear a face mask inside the airport terminal, to use online check in where possible, and minimise hand luggage. Social distancing restrictions will also be in place, in line with the specific rules for each nation.
- Additional social distancing rules remain in place for some nations. Please see the relevant websites for each nation for further information.
- Some places may be extremely popular, so instead why not plan to get off the beaten track and discover a hidden gem.
- Visitors should make sure they have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments.
- Visitors should wash their hands regularly and take hand sanitiser with them for use when public hand-washing facilities are not available.
Official websites / useful links
Government information and advice
For the latest government information and specific advice on travel in each of the four nations, please visit:
- England – https:gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do
- Scotland – https://www.gov.scot/
- Wales – https://gov.wales/coronavirus
- Northern Ireland – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
What visitors should do if they think they have coronavirus symptoms
If visitors think they have coronavirus symptoms, they should use the online service on the UK Government website. They can find the latest health guidance for each individual nation on dedicated pages for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments in Britain provide treatment for genuine life-threatening emergencies. Should visitors require medical help or advice in a non-life-threatening situation, they should call 111 to access the NHS 111 service.
Overseas visitors may need to pay for hospital care they receive, and all visitors are strongly advised to ensure they have adequate insurance cover before travelling. Any coronavirus testing and treatment will not incur any charges.
What to do in an emergency
Visitors should dial 999 in an emergency to reach police, fire and ambulance services, as well as the coastguard. Visitors will need to indicate which service they need. Further services such as mountain rescue and Britain’s voluntary coastguard service, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, can also be accessed via this number.
Calls are free from any phone, but should only be made in genuine emergencies.
If visitors are lost, they should ask a policeman or woman for assistance – they are courteous, approachable and helpful. Traffic wardens may also be able to help them with directions. If they have been the victim of a crime, they can contact the police by dialling 999 or 101 for non-emergencies.
Police community support officers also work alongside the police, and can also provide advice and guidance, alongside directions and other key information.
Travel to and around Britain
Travel by public transport – facemasks
From 19 July, the wearing of facemasks on public transport remains compulsory on TfL services in London and is encouraged in the rest of England. It remains compulsory in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The rules regarding the wearing of facemasks in other locations, including airports, differ by nation. For further information, please visit the dedicated websites for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Visiting Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit
Great Britain and Northern Ireland have left the EU and there are new rules for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who wish to visit us. Find out what visitors need to know about visiting the UK from the EU, EEA or Switzerland or check the official government website. There will also be new rules if visitors wish to work and study in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as part of a new points-based immigration system for EU citizens. If visitors would like further information, please visit gov.uk to find out more.