Know Before You Go: Guidance for travel in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 

Information for visitors travelling to Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Public Health Passenger Locator Form | How to travel responsibly | Health guidance | The ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark

 

Summer is upon us and we are beginning to re-open, providing ample opportunity to start dreaming of your next trip – from wandering our award-winning coastlines, to exploring our green spaces and getting inspired in our cities.

For the moment, quarantine is still in place for some international visitors and those returning to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. So, before you start planning your next adventure, we recommend checking the latest government advice and local guidance on travel so you’re in the know before you go.

Many attractions are starting to welcome visitors back in their own unique ways. From pre-booked time slots and limits on visitor numbers to one-way systems and other directives, there are plenty of measures in place to help you enjoy your travels.

It’s important to remember to check the official websites of organisations and visitor attractions in advance, to ensure you’re up to date on opening hours and any measures in place. So whether you plan to explore our gardens, parks and beaches, or our safari parks, zoos and historic sites, you’ll be able to do so with confidence. 

Please keep in mind that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland currently have different guidelines, advice and timelines for re-opening tourism. Localised lockdowns could also be implemented across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at different times, so please make sure you check the respective official sources for information before you travel.

Information for visitors travelling to Great Britain and Northern Ireland

You do not need to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland if you:

  • Are travelling or returning from one of the travel corridor countries for each respective nation. The lists vary by nation and can be found here:
     

England travel corridor countries
Scotland travel corridor countries
Wales travel corridor countries
Northern Ireland travel corridor countries

  • Have not been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list for that nation in the previous 14 days.

 

If you have been to or stopped in a country that’s not on the travel corridor list, you will have to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since you left that country. For additional information and specific guidance for each of the four nations, please follow the links above.

 

Public Health Passenger Locator Form

If you are visiting Great Britain and Northern Ireland, you must complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form that collects the following information:

– Contact details
– Travel details (dates etc.)
– Passport details

The form must be completed online and submitted no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival.

 

How to travel responsibly

To make your days out as enjoyable as possible, we encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to check all of the important facilities and attractions, while looking after our great outdoors. To ensure we’re all doing our bit to travel responsibly, here are a few general steps to help make planning easy:

  • When planning your trip, check that important facilities – like toilets and car parks – are open before you travel so you’re not caught short. You can find information on public toilets open across Great Britain and Northern Ireland at Lockdown Loo.
  • If you have an attraction in mind, please check online to see if you need to pre-book a time slot.
  • Some places may be extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and discover a hidden gem that you can brag to friends about.
  • Keep two metres apart from anyone outside your household – this not only applies to walking, but running, cycling, sitting and sunbathing too. Please note: Social distancing has been reduced from two metres to 1 metre+ in England.
  • The Department for Transport advises that before you travel – plan your route, if you use public transport, wear a face covering, if you drive, check your vehicle before you set off. In England, it is the law that you must wear a face mask at all times when on public transport like buses, trains, taxis and minicabs. Locations where face coverings are mandatory differ by nation, and you should follow the specific guidance for face coverings for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, depending on the country you are visiting.
  • If you are travelling by air, at arrival you may be requested to wear a face mask inside the airport terminal, to use online check in where possible, and minimise hand luggage. Social distancing restrictions will also be in place, in line with the specific rules for each nation.
  • Make sure you have a bank card; many outlets are currently only accepting cashless payments and you don’t want to miss out on that ice cream.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you for use when public hand-washing facilities are not available.
  • Please keep in mind that each nation has its own roadmap and timings for moving out of lockdown. You can find additional information here for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

 

For official government information and specific advice on travelling responsibly in each of the four nations, please visit:

Health guidance

If you think you have coronavirus symptoms, you should dial 111 to access the NHS helpline for advice. The free-to-call non-emergency number is available 24 hours a day. You can find the latest health guidance for each individual nation on dedicated pages for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark

To help you plan your travels, we’ve worked together with VisitEngland and the national tourist organisations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to launch a Great Britain and Northern Ireland-wide industry standard and ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark. The scheme means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place.

To obtain the mark businesses must complete a self-assessment through the online platform, including a check-list confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before receiving certification and the We’re Good To Go mark for display in their premises and online. For added reassurance, an ‘alert’ system will ensure that businesses signed up to the standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance – so you can visit them with confidence.

Find out more at visitbritain.com and remember to look for the mark on individual business websites when you’re planning your trip online.

 

The We're Good To Go Mark
04 Aug 2020(last updated)