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