Fit to fly test for United States

Are you travelling to the USA any time soon from the UK? Get to know the entry requirements for United States and what you need for your return flight to the UK.

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The article was last updated on 13 November 2021

British Nationals visiting the USA

Around 4.8 million UK nationals travel to the US every year. United State is renowned for its art, historical architecture, style, fashion, food and beautiful mountains and beaches. It is a huge country and you will need to go more than once if you really want to have the whole American experience..

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, international travel has become more complicated with testing and quarantine requirements. If you are travelling from the UK to the US, make sure that you plan your trip to avoid last-minute rush and stress.

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USA travel advice for those travelling from the UK

The following information is for those travelling to the US from the UK.

If you are travelling from the UK, you can enter US and be exempt from self-isolate if you:

  • can demonstrate you are fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organisation or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Fully vaccinated passengers arriving to the US from the UK must get a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before their flight departs.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine.

If you are unvaccinated, you can enter the US from the UK if you:

  • have an exception or US Citizens, US Nationals, and US Lawful Permanent Residents will be able to enter the US unvaccinated.
  • Most travellers that are not fully vaccinated will need to test no more than one day before travel or present a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months to the airline before boarding the flight.

  • Is it a requirement to wear a mask in the US?

    All passengers on flights to and from the US must wear a medical mask, according to US airport regulations. Check with your airline about onboard requirements.

    UK return covid test from the US

    If you are returning from the US to the UK, you are required to take a pre-departure test 3 days prior to your departure if you are not fully vaccinated.

    Those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to take the pre-departure test. This can be an antigen test or a PCR test. You can order our antigen test kit online and take it with you on your trip to use as a pre-departure test for your return to the UK.

    Latest information on travelling to US from the UK

    We make every effort to keep the information on our website up-to-date, however, due to the dynamic nature of the pandemic and the covid travel rules, we advise you to check on the foreign office website and the website of the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention.


    All information is provided for guidance purposes only. The traveller bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that tests meet travel requirements. Given the changing nature of government guidelines and the testing environment, Digital Health Group Ltd T/A cannot be held liable for the advice provided here.