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How to prepare for your quarantine in the UK

Essential information for entering or returning to the UK

Check the latest restrictions, the Government step-by-step guide and tips on how to make the most of your quarantine stay.

What to know before you go

Fly safely with Cathay Pacific

Read more about how we protect your wellbeing at the airport and onboard, with our  Cathay Care commitment to health and safety – plus our free COVID-19 insurance – so you can fly confidently with us.


Entering the UK

Here's what you need to do in order to be able to enter the UK, including completing a Passenger Locator Form, organising your COVID-19 tests, and if you’ll need to quarantine in a hotel or at home.


Arriving at London Heathrow

Heathrow has implemented extra measures to keep you as safe as possible and ensure you're complying with the UK Government regulations. Find out more with their step-by-step guide to arriving at Heathrow.


How to spend your time

Keep your menu interesting and varied

It might be tempting to reach for the phone and order a takeaway, but if you’re quarantining at home, why not use the opportunity to improve your skills in the kitchen.

From East to West, our guides to the best dishes in Taipei and our favourite burgers in Hong Kong can provide inspiration for your culinary creations.

And until you’re ready to fly again, why not shake your way to Cloud Nine or get fizzy with a Pacific Sunrise, our signature cocktails. Fancy something non-alcoholic? How about an Oriental Breeze, a thoroughly refreshing mocktail.


Keep a healthy mind and body

It might be tempting to laze in bed all day, but light exercise will boost your health and mood. Try to set aside an hour a day for fitness, whether it's gentle stretches or a full body workout. There are hundreds of online tutorials you can follow, such as free online yoga classes run by Pure Yoga.

Meditation is a fantastic way to ease stress and create a healthy mindset. Apps such as Headspace offer a range of guided meditations to help you focus your awareness, calm your nerves or drift off to sleep.

It’s easy to slack off when the sofa seems to be calling your name. Find your get up and go with our inspiring articles. Discover how women in Thailand are smashing the glass ceiling in Muay Thai, or should that be kicking? Learn more about four extraordinary Cathay Pacific pilots who go to the extremes for charity, or take on a challenge yourself and get training for epic marathons in amazing locations.

Stay entertained and get creative

It can be difficult to find inspiration and imagination when you’re indoors for an extended period of time. Try to look at your surroundings and everyday items in a different way to get that magic back. This is also the ideal time to discover a new hobby or restart an old one.

See what we managed to come up with in our #TillWeFlyAgain video…do you see any of your dream holiday destinations? Discover how globe-trotting artist Hsiao Chin gets inspiration from “the Universe” for his uniquely abstract artwork.

Join a video hangout for evening drinks, host a quiz, start a book club to discuss the novels you’re reading in quarantine, or get comfy and tune into the same movie with a Netflix party.

Plan your dream holiday

What better way to spend some downtime than flicking through pictures of sun-soaked beaches, and beautiful blue seas and planning your next trip.

Need inspiration? Check out our 2021 travel ideas  or browse our guides to the cities on the Cathay network to find your dream destination.

 You can even test-drive your future travel plans. Set out on a safari game drive with andBeyond and WildEarth; check out virtual museum tours (many are available through Google Arts & Culture); or join one of Airbnb’s online experiences hosted by locals around the world.



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