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How to Travel Safely in the UK Now

How to Travel Safely in the UK - Stonehenge - Now Could be the Best Time to Visit Stonehenge

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In these uncertain times, we all need a break. But, with most of the world out of bounds, we need to think about holidaying closer to home. With the UK’s amazing cities and beautiful natural spots, this is certainly not a hardship. Follow our tips and tricks to enjoy your UK staycation and travel safely in the UK.

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Can I Travel Freely Around the UK?

If you are already in the UK you can now travel as far as you like within the United Kingdom without the need for a quarantine period. However, with the situation changing almost daily and some regions having new restrictions imposed, make sure you keep up to date with the latest news.

Wherever you travel in the UK, make sure you follow government guidelines for social distancing and wearing a face-covering when required. Do not travel anywhere if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus or if you have been told to self-isolate or quarantine after travelling to the UK from abroad.

Now is a Great time to Visit The Cotswolds in England - How to Travel in the UK Now
Now is a Great time to Visit The Cotswolds in England – How to Travel in the UK Now

Do I need to wear a Face-Covering when Travelling?

Yes. The law now states that everybody over the age of 11 (with certain exemptions) must wear a face-covering when travelling on public transport. This includes taxis, buses, trains, and planes. Don’t take the risk of incurring a £100 fine, which doubles with every subsequent violation. Faces must also be covered at train and bus stations as well as at airports.

What is the Best Method of Transport at the Moment?

Travel by bus or train and take the stress out of your journey. Omio makes it easy to compare bus and train routes and prices. Travelling by bus and train means you don’t have to worry about security procedures at the airport or navigate unfamiliar roads.

How to Travel Safely by Train and Bus?

Bus and train providers have stepped up their cleaning procedures with carriage and toilets being cleaned regularly. Where possible, sit away from other passengers, wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer with you. Don’t forget to wear your face mask (you can remove it for short periods to eat and drink).

If you are going on a long journey, check if you will be able to buy food and drink on your journey or bring some snacks and a drink with you. 

Travelling by Train in the UK
Travelling by Train in the UK

Plan Ahead

As well as the usual travel planning you might do, you need to make sure you are prepared for the ‘new normal’.  Remember to bring a credit or debit card with you for contactless payments, although still bring some cash with you in case you need it. 

Bear in mind that some public toilets may not be open, so check in advance what facilities are available and try to plan your bathroom breaks so you don’t get caught short!

Make sure you dispose of any rubbish properly, either in rubbish bins provided or taking it home with you if bins are full.  Do not litter, and always leave a place in the same or better condition as you find it so others can enjoy exploring the UK too!

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What to do in the UK

Many of the UK’s attractions are reopening with safety procedures in place to protect staff and visitors.  Most places require you to book your visit in advance to make sure that visitor numbers are carefully controlled, so check the details of your chosen destination before you travel.

Although the temptation is to avoid traditionally crowded places, with the current travel restrictions it could actually be a great time to visit those destinations which are usually popular with foreign tourists, such as cities like London or York, and places like Stonehenge or the Cotswolds.

Visit Britain launched an industry-standard “We’re Good to Go” for tourism businesses to reassure visitors that attractions, accommodations and tour companies have clear processes in place and are following industry and Government COVID-19 guidance on cleanliness and social distancing. 

Wherever you see the green “We’re Good to Go“ logo, you can be confident that businesses are doing everything they can to reduce the risks and keep you safe.

Millenium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral London - London is quieter than usual
Millenium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral London – London is quieter than usual

Safe UK Staycation Ideas

Berkshire, England

With low infection rates and a good mix of history and countryside, Berkshire is a great destination. Admire Windsor Castle or other stately homes such as Basildon Park or take a walk on the wild side at the Living Rainforest near Newbury.

Loch Ness and the Highlands, Scotland

Head to the other end of the country and enjoy the wild and rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands. You’ll certainly be far from the crowds. Depending on the season you can walk, cycle, kayak, ski or even try reindeer sledding. Then relax with a monster-spotting boat trip on Loch Ness.

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Beautiful Scenery in the Scottish Highlands - Safe Travel in the UK
Beautiful Scenery in the Scottish Highlands – Safe Travel in the UK

Snowdonia, Wales

Wales’s largest national park, the highest peak in England and Wales and the largest lake in Wales – Snowdonia is certainly the place to get away from it all whatever the season. As well as breathtaking scenery, enjoy pretty mountain towns such as Betws-y-Coed.

With a little creative planning, one eye on the news and a little help from Omio, it’s easy to enjoy a safe holiday in the UK.

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Last updated: September 21, 2020

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