H4. Apart from everyone counted in question H2, who else is staying overnight here on 21 March 2021?

Why we ask this question

Your answers help us make sure we haven't missed anyone. By recording your visitors, you're helping us to correctly count the number of people living in the country and in each area.

If your visitors live elsewhere in the UK, it's important that they fill in a form for their usual address too. If they don't fill in a form, they won't be counted as part of the community where they usually live. This may affect the amount of money their local authority receives from the government for services and resources.

Visitors from Scotland will be able to fill in their census forms during Scotland's Census in 2022.

The census first asked these questions in 1801.

Include all visitors who usually live somewhere else, but were staying overnight at your address on Sunday 21 March 2021. Tick all that apply.

It's important to do this even if you think they may have been included on a census form at another address. Don't worry about people being counted twice, our processes take this into account.

Remember to include children and babies.

Important information:

Changed circumstances due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

While coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions may affect who can stay overnight in your household, there are many reasons why people might be visiting you within the rules. This could include people staying in your household as part of your support bubble or someone visiting you to provide care.

Whatever the reason someone is staying at your address, it's important to include them on your census form. No one can use personal census information to check you are following the coronavirus restrictions.

Who to include as visitors

If they have a usual address in the UK

Include visitors who have an address where they usually live in the UK.

If they don't have a usual address in the UK


  • visitors from outside the UK who are in the country for less than three months

Don't include

  • visitors from the UK if they don't have a usual UK address
  • visitors who are in the UK for three months or more if they don't have a usual UK address

You should include these people as part of the household.

Your answers are confidential

We use the information we collect in the census solely to produce statistics and for statistical research. No one will use your personal information to sell you anything or find you, and government staff that directly serve the public cannot see it.