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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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12 April 2001: The UK Government has announced that self-contained accommodation can now stay open for overnight stays in England for those travelling with their household or support bubble:

"You can stay overnight in a campsite, caravan, boat, second home, or other self-contained accommodation. This should only be with your household or support bubble. You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.

Self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen. This is accommodation in which facilities are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. Such facilities include:

  • kitchens

  • sleeping areas

  • bathrooms

  • indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors for entry and exit into the accommodation

10 March 2021: The latest advice from the UK Government is that "It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live".

Tuesday 5 January 2021: The UK Government has updated its travel advice:

International travel is increasingly restricted. In the UK, different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For example, in England you must not leave home including to travel abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so, such as for essential work purposes.

If you are legally permitted to travel, check our advice for the country you are visiting. Other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning. Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self isolate.

Wednesday 23 December 2020: An updated tier system is now in place in the UK. If you are planning to travel in the UK or abroad, do plan carefully in advance and keep to the guidelines see out by the Government. You can check which COVID tiers different areas are currently in using the Governments' postcode tracker.

The Government has also issued the following advice:

Following identification of a new variant of the virus, international travel from your area may be increasingly restricted because of domestic regulations. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For example, those in tier 4 areas in England will not be permitted to travel abroad apart from limited exceptions, such as work purposes. Follow all the rules that apply to you. For the latest Government advice on travelling in the UK and abroad, see: Covid-19 travel guidance.

Thursday 5 November 2020: The British Government has issued the following advice for travelling after 5 November:

From 5 November to 2 December 2020, travelling away from home, including internationally, is restricted from England except in limited circumstances such as for work or for education. Different rules apply in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland. You must follow all the rules that apply to you.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides guidance on COVID and non-COVID risks overseas. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. You should check the travel advice for your destination.

Travel disruption is possible worldwide. Other countries may bring in new measures with little notice such as border closures, movement restrictions or quarantine rules. Travellers should be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Tuesday 6 October, 2020: The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK Government offers this advice for travelling abroad:

While the global coronavirus pandemic continues, no travel is risk-free, and your travel abroad may be disrupted. If you plan to travel:

• read the coronavirus travel guidance to make sure you are prepared for your travel

• read the Travel Advice for your destination, for information on current entry requirements and any local coronavirus measures that you will need to follow

• sign up for email alerts for Travel Advice to ensure you are informed of any changes while you are travelling

Saturday 4 July 2020: The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK Government has today updated its travel advice today to say:

"On 4 July our travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories that no longer pose a high risk  for  British travellers. View the  list of exempted destinations.  We continue to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories listed."

For more information, see the FCO's guidance: Plan your travel: checklist.

Many of the accommodations, attractions and activities featured on are now beginning to open up again in light of the current situation but please check directly with the relevant accommodation provider, activity provider, venue or tour operator for the most up to date information.

If you are currently travelling, or planning a visit, to any of the accommodations, events, locations or trips featured on, please abide by the current government guidance in regards to the developing COVID-19 situation:

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: What you can and can't do and here's the latest government advice on walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport (NB. these two links are for guidance that applies in England – people in other parts of the UK should follow the specific rules in those parts: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland )

23 March 2020: We want to update you about the latest UK Government advice related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On 23 March 2020, the UK Government directed that people must stay at home apart from essential travel or they may face penalties. This came into effect immediately and included all non-essential travel within the UK. The UK Government has also issued further guidance to businesses and premises to close, which covers accommodation and other travel and tourism businesses. This step follows the advice issued by the The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the UK Government on 17 March, advising against all non-essential overseas travel, for an initial period of 30 days. For the latest travel advice from the UK Government, visit their website:

Please read this guidance and consider how it applies to your personal circumstances. Many of the accommodations, attractions and activities featured on have taken the decision to postpone trips, performances and events or to temporarily close their doors in light of the current situation. Please check directly with the relevant accommodation provider, activity provider, venue or tour operator for the most up to date information.


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