Travel Advice

Travel within the UK and international travel may be restricted because of domestic regulations to control the spread of COVID-19. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Travellers must follow the rules that apply to them. Travelers may be required to declare their reason for travel; those without a valid reason will be directed to return home and face a fine. Only the most important and exceptional reasons will be permitted. There will be an increased police presence at ports and airport to enforce the regulations.

Travelers should check the travel advice for their destination and their general travel guidance regularly, as the information may change. Travel disruption is possible worldwide as national control measures such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules may be introduced with limited notice. Travelers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

People at higher risk from COVID-19 (particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, or clinically vulnerable), are at greater risk of severe illness and should continue to be vigilant regarding social distancing and hand washing. Those who are in this group should check the advice in the UK nation they live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Everyday Advice 

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID 19
  • Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
  • Wear a  face mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

Air Travel 

  • Continue to take good hygiene measures and use the designated toilet for your area of the aircraft, washing your hands before you leave the toilet.
  • Avoid moving from your seat unnecessarily but do continue to exercise your legs (flex and extend the ankles) as much as possible to encourage blood flow from the lower legs.
  • If you are unwell on the flight, please stay in your seat and follow any instructions provided during the flight, contacting the air crew as soon as possible.

Becoming unwell abroad

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
  • Call your health provider and/or insurance company to discuss what you should do. 
  • Follow local public health guidance if available.
  • If you become unwell at an airport, bus or train station before or during a long trip, seek medical advice and do not start or continue your journey.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 while abroad you will need to follow local public health advice regarding self-isolation. You should expect to self-isolate in the country you are in, so you may need to stay longer than planned. Plan ahead for any possible delays to your return home and the entry requirements at your next destination.
  • Once you have fully recovered, check with your health provider if you are fit to travel, before any onward travel.
Advice if you have contact with a COVID-19 case while abroad

If you have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case, follow relevant public health advice (if available), and speak to your healthcare provider or travel insurance company as soon as possible for further guidance. If you are required to quarantine or self-isolate by local authorities, you should expect to do so in the country you are in.

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