VSbulletin COVID-19 UK Travel Requirements - 5 March 2021
- 08 March 2021
- Virgin Atlantic
Declaration form for international travel from England
Effective from 04:00 on Monday 8 March 2021, all outbound customers aged 18 years and above departing from London Heathrow and Manchester airports must complete a travel declaration form to confirm that they are legally allowed to travel abroad from England.
Whilst national restrictions are in place, travellers can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays.
They must complete a travel declaration form and carry it with them along with any evidence supporting the reason for the trip.
Travellers may be required to show the form at the port of departure. It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if they are travelling internationally.
Some job related exemptions apply. They may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and directed to return home if they do not have a valid reason for travel.
The form is available to download via the UK Government website, which also provides further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel
Please advise travellers to download and complete the form before they arrive at the airport, either printing a copy or saving it to a mobile phone or other device.
The form is mandatory and failing to have a completed form when arriving at the airport is a criminal offence, for which travellers could be fined by the Police.
Stay Current on Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements
Many of the countries we fly to and from have put strict entry requirements in place. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and people is always our top priority, and we continue to follow the advice of the UK Government and international health organisations.
While we are constantly reviewing the information available to us, which is available here , please make sure you and your customers stay up to date by visiting the relevant government's website for the very latest travel updates and advice. It's really important to check the latest travel restrictions in place at the destination before going to the airport, including eligibility for entry and screening. If travellers do not meet the requirements, they may not be allowed to fly.
Please ensure the latest traveller contact information is available within the booking so the latest instructions reach the traveller via SMS and email.
Fly safe, fly well