It is mandatory to wear face coverings when travelling on public transport. Information is available here on how to wear and make face coverings.
Latest World Health Organisation information
The latest World Health Organisation guidance can be found online at their specific Coronavirus Pandemic site which can be accessed here - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Important Information - Requirements to Enter the UK
There are rules in place for entering the UK if travelling from overseas. However inbound travel from certain countries (as long as the traveller has not visited or stopped in any other country in the preceding 14 days) will be exempt from these rules. These countries have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments. At the same time it is vital that entry rules are also checked for the country being visited, and not just being reliant on if the country is exempt from quarantine measures in the UK.
When the entry rules are in place, it is mandatory that travellers will:
- need to provide their journey and contact details when they travel to the UK by completing this form - and be able to show the completed form when arriving at the UK border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on their phone. The form can only be completed within 48 hours of arrival into the UK.
- not be allowed to leave the place they're staying in for the first 14 days they're in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
More information is available by clicking here
Details of travellers who are exempt from these rules are available here
Overseas Travel Advice
The FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel, except for a specified list of countries available here:
· France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
· The Netherlands (not including the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean)
· St Lucia
Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. It’s vitally important that any travellers check the latest information for the country that they plan to visit before confirming their booking, and re-check before travelling to ensure that they are aware of any changes made to entry requirements and restrictions.
Overall FCO advice - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
There is an interactive map available online, courtesy of IATA, that provides updated restrictions and required documentation for international travel. Countries on the map are colour-coded by the level of restrictions, and specific information on restrictions are viewable when clicking on a country - available via this link
You can also access the latest FCO advice for specific countries via this site or for ease we have listed the top ten countries visited for business travel below:
General Traveller Advice
- Maintain good hand and personal hygiene
- Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
- Dispose of any tissues in a bin
- Ensure eggs and meat are thoroughly cooked
- Minimise contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness
- Wear masks when necessary
- Observe social distancing advice and keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people.
- Latest UK advice for social distancing
Many airlines have adjusted and continue to adjust their schedules to reflect the changing demand on global travel as a result of the outbreak. Where we are made aware of specific cancellations / schedule changes we will make contact with affected bookers/travellers.
The UK government have introduced a new Covid Alert System with five levels to inform public guidance. UK travel suppliers are closely monitoring this guidance and introducing new measures to provide additional traveller and guest assurances.
What should I do if I have recently returned from an overseas affected country?
Travellers are advised to follow the stay at home guidance issued by UK authorities, however if showing symptoms of Coronavirus to contact the NHS’ 111 Coronavirus service - https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- Difficulty in breathing
Further information available here - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/