UK Passenger Locator Form

The UK Passenger Locator Form is an online health declaration that serves as a mandatory document for every adult visiting the United Kingdom via air, road, and sea.

The UK PLF form was introduced to help the country's government in minimizing the spread of Covid-19 infections. Since the online health form provides the essential contact information about the incoming foreign visitors, as well as UK citizens and residents, the country's authorities can get in touch with anyone who may have gotten infected by any of their co-passengers.

Any person who wishes to visit the United Kingdom must fill out the Passenger Locator Form online within 48 hours of the planned arrival in the country. After completing the form, each traveler receives a QR code, which serves as a confirmation of submitting the PLF form online.

Each adult passenger will be required to show their unique QR code upon boarding their flight and upon arrival in the United Kingdom.

What do travelers need to complete the PLF for UK?

To complete the Passenger Locator Form for UK, travelers need to have an internet connection, an active email address to receive their QR code, and any working device.

Moreover, there are a few documents needed to fill the UK PLF successfully:

  • applicant's travel document (passport/ID)
  • a Covid-19 test result (if necessary)
  • a vaccination certificate (if needed)
  • one's travel details

The documents that prove one's health state regarding the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic differ and depend on the traveler's country of origin, the current entry requirements of UK, and one's vaccination status.

How to fill the UK PLF out?

To fill the UK PLF out, travelers should follow three simple steps of the online application process. Completing the form takes a few minutes and can be done from home.

UK PLF application guide:

  1. Click on the 'Apply Online' button (located on the left-hand side of the page) and start filling the PLF with the required information.
  2. Cover the issuing fee using any online payment method. Applicants can choose from several options available.
  3. Wait for the issued QR code to be delivered via email.

It's best to enter the required data carefully and double-check the provided information before submitting the filled PLF to avoid any issues with processing one's application, entry refusal, or delays.

Information to provide in the Passenger Locator Form for UK

Information to provide in the health declaration for UK includes:

  • traveler's contact information (phone numbers)
  • personal data (names, date of birth, home address)
  • ID/passport details (number, country of issuing, expiry date)
  • travel plans
  • details of the planned visit (dates of arrival and departure, length of stay, reason for visiting)
  • further details of arrival (e.g., a flight number, port of entry, or time of entering the UK)
  • vaccination status
  • information about one's travel companions
  • travel history (countries visited within the last 10 days of arrival in the UK)

Moreover, until the 4th of October, 2021, travelers must choose an appropriate list of countries: green, amber, or red, basing on which list their country of origin has been placed.

When to fill the UK PLF Frorm?

Adult visitors to the UK must fill the PLF within 48 hours of their arrival in the country.

It's necessary to take into account the different time zones and stick to the UK time zone when filling the Passenger Locator Form for the planned trip.

Who needs to fill the UK PLF out?

Anyone who plans on visiting the United Kingdom and is aged 18 or over (16 if visiting Scotland) must fill out the public health Passenger Locator Form for UK to be granted entry into the country. This includes travelers coming to Britain by air, road, and sea.

Travelers transiting through UK must have the filled out UK PLF as well.

Children

Children should be included in the form of the adult that is accompanying them on the trip to UK. Children to include are any travelers under the age of 18 (or 16 if they are planning to visit Scotland).

Exceptions

If a traveler is visiting the United Kingdom from (or has spent a minimum of 10 days prior to arrival to UK in):

  • Ireland
  • the Channel Islands
  • the Isle of Man

do not need to fill the UK PLF out before arrival.

After filling the UK PLF

After filling the PLF for the United Kingdom, each traveler who submitted the filled form will receive their unique QR code.

The code should be presented upon arrival in UK in either electronic or paper form to the country's customs officials.

Covid-19 restrictions in UK

The Covid-19 restrictions in UK consist of a number of safety precautions for both fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.

However, the main Covid-19 safety measure is the division of foreign countries into three lists: green, amber, and red. Each color stipulates the included countries' epidemiological situation and decides on the entry rules its citizens must follow.

Green List

Countries listed on the Green List are considered to be the safest among others; however, citizens of these countries still need to adhere to a few rules, including:

  • taking a pre-departure Covid-19 test (3 days before arrival)
  • taking a day-2 Covid test (after arrival)
  • filling out the PLF

Amber List

Countries of the Amber List are considered less safe than those of the Green List, and therefore citizens of these places must:

  • take a Covid-19 test (three days before arrival)
  • take additional tests after arriving in the UK
  • fill out the PLF

These rules apply only to fully vaccinated travelers. Anyone who's visiting the UK from any Amber List country and is not fully vaccinated must quarantine after arrival.

Red List

The Red List stipulates which countries are the least safe regarding their epidemiological situation. The only persons allowed entry into the UK after visiting a Red List country are UK and Irish citizens, as well as UK residents, and they must:

  • have a negative coronavirus test result (taken within 3 days of arrival)
  • book a quarantine hotel package (that includes 2 Covid tests after arrival)
  • fill the UK PLF

Change of entry requirements in UK from 4th of October

Travelers should note that the current entry rules are to be changed at 4 am on the 4th of October, 2021. From then on, the quarantine, as well as pre-departure and day-8 tests, won't be required for fully vaccinated travelers.

However, the applicable entry rules depend on one's vaccination status and may change in between Wales, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

FAQ about the PLF From

  • What is the UK Passenger Locator Form?

    The Passenger Locator Form for UK is a digital health declaration that serves as one of the safety measures introduced in the UK to help control any possible Covid-19 cases and keep everyone safe.

  • Why do travelers need to fill out a PLF when visiting the UK?

    The PLF provides the essential contact information about every incoming visitor to the UK. This allows the country's authorities to get in touch with anyone who may have gotten infected while getting into the UK and help them arrange a quarantine.

  • Who should fill out the PLF before going to the United Kingdom?

    Every adult who wants to enter the UK must fill out the Passenger Locator Form before arrival. The UK requires anyone who's 18 or over (16 or over if visiting Scotland) to fill the PLF online prior to the planned arrival. Children should be included in the form of the adult that's accompanying them on the trip.

  • When do travelers need to fill out the UK PLF?

    The UK PLF must be filled out within 48 hours of arrival in the country. Completing the health declaration within the appropriate 2-day period is crucial to be granted entry into the UK.

  • What information do I need to provide in the UK PLF?

    The UK PLF requires travelers to provide information relating to their: travel plans and details of the stay, contact information, personal data, travel document details, vaccination status, travel companions, and other. Every piece of information provided should be correct and up-to-date. That's why it's best to double-check the provided data to make sure it's free from any errors or misinformation.

  • What happens after filling the UK PLF?

    After filling the UK PLF, every traveler who has submitted the form receives their unique QR code, which should then be presented upon arrival in the UK. The code can be presented in either electronic or printed paper form.

  • Do I need to take a PCR test when visiting the UK?

    As of now, all travelers need to take a Covid test before visiting the UK. However, the pre-departure tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travelers starting from the 4th of October, 2021, when the country changes its entry requirements.

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