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What rules must be followed by children when travelling to Wales.

First published:
4 October 2021
Last updated:

Children and young people arriving in Wales

The requirements for children and young people arriving in Wales can be different to the adults travelling with them. 

Children and young people arriving from red list countries

Children and young people under 18 years old must follow the same rules as for adult red list arrivals.  All children and young people under 18yrs must be accompanied by an adult when entering and staying at a managed quarantine facility. 

Find out what you must do when arriving from a red list country.

Children and young people arriving from countries not on the red list

The requirements for children and young people depend on age and country of residency.

Children resident in countries listed:

  • UK
  • British Overseas Territories
  • Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man
  • USA
  • a recognised European country (including Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican City)
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Bahrain
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Columbia
  • Chile
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar,
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore,
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • The Philippines
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Vietnam
  1. Aged 4 and under do not have to take any travel tests.
  2. 5 to 10 year olds do not have to take a pre-departure test. Must have pre-booked a post-arrival test to be taken at Day 2 – see travel and testing guidance.
  3. 11 to 17 year olds do not have to take a pre-departure test. Must have pre-booked a post-arrival test to be taken at Day 2 – see travel and testing guidance
  4. Children of all ages who are resident in these countries or territories do not have to isolate.

Children resident in other countries

  1. Aged 4 and under do not have to take any travel tests.
  2. 11 to 17 year olds must have a pre-departure test certificate which shows a negative covid test within 72 hours before departure – see travel and testing guidance
  3. 5 to 17 year olds must also have pre-booked post-arrival tests to be taken at Day 2 and Day 8 – see travel and testing guidance.
  4. Children of all ages who are resident in other countries or territories must isolate for 10 days.

Booking tests

You can use the CTM booking portal to book and pay £68 for an NHS COVID-19 PCR test, or you can buy a test from a list of private providers on GOV.UK.

If you choose a private test provider from GOV.UK, you should only buy ‘self-swab at home’ tests for the time being.  Please note, any reference to your arrival in England on the GOV.UK pages for day 2 and day 8 test providers include arrival in Wales.

Under 18’s attending boarding schools, colleges or university

There are separate rules for young people (under 18) who are attending boarding school, college or university in Wales and arriving from a red list country

Read full details of the requirements.