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England's travel corridors: everything you need to know

01 September 2020 10:50

Discover how you can travel safely this summer

Discover how you can travel safely this summer

What are travel corridors?

The government's travel corridors system lays out the countries and territories that you can travel to without having to self-isolate on your return. Destinations are under constant review and may be added or taken away from the list depending on their coronavirus risk. You should check the list before booking, and after booking a holiday in preparation for leaving. Remember to revisit the list while you're away as things might change.

Are there any exemptions?

If you're moving between the common travel area of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, you won't have to self-isolate when you return to England. The same applies to British Overseas Territories. Similarly, if you travel through a country that isn't on the travel corridor list but don't make a stop, you won't need to self-isolate. If you do stop, you should ensure no new people get into your vehicle and no-one you're travelling with gets out and mixes with other people before returning to your vehicle.

What about stopovers?

If you're making your way to a travel corridor destination and stop somewhere that isn't on the same list, you may have to self-isolate. If new passengers join your train, ferry, coach or plane you should self-isolate. The same applies if your fellow passengers leave your mode of transport, mix with others and return to continue their journey.

How can I stay safe once I arrive at my destination?

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides travel advice to keep you safe when you reach your holiday destination. You can search by country to check the latest guidance on face masks and other social distancing measures. The pages even include information on entry requirements including any forms you might have to complete before your visit. Advice may change while you're enjoying your trip, so it's best to regularly check for updates.

Will I ever need to self-isolate after visiting a country permitted by the travel corridors system?

In short, yes. The FCDO may change its advice about your holiday destination during your stay. Although updates are made at short notice, there should be some warning on the travel corridor website. Alternatively, if you travel from a country that isn't on the travel corridor list to one that is, you can cut your time in self-solation in England down by the number of days you spent in the safer location.

Please check travel corridor policies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for local advice.

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