UK travel checklist

Are you planning to travel to the UK? Here is a helpful checklist

We understand that travelling to a different country can be an extremely stressful experience. Sadly, packing your things and hopping on a plane nowadays is merely not enough; there is a range of things that must prepare before you can travel, with the list being more extensive with COVID-19 measures in place. We have created this essential checklist with helpful links to make your travels easier. Our experienced solicitors can also help you with Visa applications, making sure they are completed in the highest possible standard, ensuring that you have the highest chance of coming out with a positive outcome.

Prepare your paperwork

Ensure that you have the correct documents before entering the UK, such as passports or a photographic ID, which will be checked at the airport. You MUST make sure that the document is valid throughout your entire visit. Depending on where you are coming from, you may need to apply for a Visa in advance; to read more about several types of visit visas, read here. If you are travelling from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you can enter the UK with either a:

  • A passport.
  • An Irish passport card.
  • A national identity card issued by an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein. If you decide to travel with an identity card it must be registered on the UK visas and immigration account if you have settled or pre-settled status.

If you are not travelling with an identity card or have settled or pre-settled status, you must apply for a Visa or have an EU Settlement scheme family permit.


You may need to apply for a Visa if you would like to travel to the UK; if you would like to find out whether you need a Visa, you can check on the government website. You can also contact one of our experienced solicitors and book a free initial consultation to find out whether you need a Visa and start a successful visa application now.

Read here, to find out more about the different types of visit visas that you can apply for.

Travelling during COVID checklist

COVID rules are constantly changing, so make sure you are thoroughly up to date with what you need to do to enter the UK make sure to check the government website. For the time being, there is a range of things that you must do before entering England. If you are fully vaccinated, there is a range of things that you must do to qualify under the fully vaccinated rules to travel to England.

You must have vaccination proof issued by a licencing authority. That will be provided in a form of a COVID pass, on which you will be able to access your COVID pass. If you are not fully vaccinated, similar rules apply, you must take and pay for a COVID test 2 days before you travel and fill out a passenger locator form. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine in the place you are staying at for 10 days and take a day 2 COVID test.

If you test positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day you tested positive. If your day two test is negative, you must continue to quarantine and take a day eight test. If your day eight is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later; day ten or quarantine or the day of your test result. We advise that the COVID testing rules may vary depending on whereabouts in the UK you are going to:

How we can help

We understand that travelling to a different country, whether for business or leisure, can be incredibly stressful, and rules can vary depending on what country you are going to and from which country you are coming from. It is crucial to be prepared to avoid the chances of your holiday being sabotaged due to not preparing appropriately. If you need to apply for a Visa, our experienced solicitors can help you with that.

We understand that Visa applications are extensive and can be confusing, our experienced solicitors know how to fill out your applications to the highest possible standard, ensuring that you come out with the best possible outcome in the most stress-free ad effortless way.

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