Covid-19 Travel Update 23rd October 2020

Covid-19 Travel Update


23 October 2020


Please be aware that the information provided below is for guidance around how services may operate, and may vary by service provider, and may also be subject to further government guidance as it is updated. Due to the current exceptional circumstances, the operation and provision of services can change.


TRAVEL UPDATE TIMELINE:
23/10 Wales: Short lockdown throughout Wales until 09 November – some properties may remain for key and essential workers
16/10 N. Ireland: For 4 weeks unnecessary travel is discouraged.
16/10 Wales: Travel into Wales banned from other areas of the UK with high levels of infection.
14/10 England: Local COVID alert levels introduced
09/10 Scotland: While hotels may offer room service, licensed premises can only remain open until 6pm, but may not sell alcohol at all.
09/10 England: Guidelines updated for hospitality venue collection of contact details.
28/09 UK: Table service mandatory in restaurants which can only remain open until 10pm, except for Northern Ireland which is 11pm.
28/09 UK: Meetings for up to 30 delegates still permitted, but larger events can still not take place.
28/09 England: Fines for not wearing a mask or following rules increased.
18/09 UK: Legal requirement for venues to collect contact details in designated venues.
08/08 UK: Face coverings will be mandatory in all public areas within hotels.
15/07 UK: VAT reduced from 20% to 5% on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks.
15/07 Scotland: Hotels can re-open along with restaurants, but conference venues remain closed.
11/07 Wales: Hotels can re-open along with restaurants, but conference venues remain closed.
10/07 England: Travel Corridors will apply for travel to England.
10/07 Scotland: Face coverings required on public transport and in shops.
04/07 England: 2m distance rule reduced to 1m+ where it is not possible to stay 2 metres apart.
04/07 England: Hotels can re-open along with restaurants, but conference venues remain closed.
03/07 N. Ireland: Hotels can re-open along with restaurants, but conference venues remain closed.
30/06 England: Local action taken with location specific lockdown applied.

15/06 Face coverings will be mandatory on all UK public transport.
11/06 Government advice updated for air travel, including the wearing of face coverings, and minimising both luggage taken and face to face contact.
08/06 June 2020 most travellers entering the UK from outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland) will require 14 day self-isolation.


OVERALL GUIDANCE:
  • Do not travel if you have experienced coronavirus symptoms (link to NHS symptoms page) in the last 7 days, are self-isolating due to symptoms, have been sharing a household with someone who has had symptoms in the last 14 days, or been told to self-isolate.
  • LOCAL ACTION - ENGLAND: Particular locations may be subject to localised action with restrictions applying based on COVID alert levels (link to Government Locational advice). For locations with Very High alert levels it is recommended to avoid travelling to or from an affected area unless for things like work, and to avoid overnight accommodation if you are a resident elsewhere - however this is discretionary (link to Government alert level advice).
  • LOCAL ACTION - N. IRELAND: Particular locations may be subject to localised action with restrictions applying (link to N. Ireland restriction guideance). N. Ireland has introduced 4 week restrictions which discourage unnecessary travel (link to N. Ireland restriction announcement).
  • LOCAL ACTION - SCOTLAND: Particular locations may be subject to localised action with restrictions applying (link to Government local measures).
  • LOCAL ACTION - WALES: National lockdown from 23 October to 09 November (link to Welsh government FAQ's), following which particular locations may be subject to localised action with restrictions applying ( link to Welsh Government restriction advice). Travel into Wales from areas of the UK with high infection rates banned (link to Welsh Government trave restriction advice).
  • COLLECTION OF CONTACT DETAILS is mandatory for hospitality venues to support testing and tracing (link to Government Test and Trace advice).
  • INBOUND TRAVEL TO ENGLAND from the Common Travel Area and Travel Corridors listed on the Government exempt list (link to Government exempt list) do not require travellers to self-isolate from 10 July. Guidance on travelling in European Countries can be found here (link to guidance).
  • INBOUND TRAVEL TO ENGLAND from outside of Common Travel Area and Travel Corridors will require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • INBOUND TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND, WALES and NORTHERN IRELAND from outside of Common Travel Area will require travellers to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • OUTBOUND TRAVEL FROM THE UK: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise British nationals against all but essential travel, especially as countries (link to FCO countries guidance) may restrict travel without notice.
  • ONLINE TRAVEL ASSESSMENT: 48hrs prior to arrival into the UK travellers not on the exempt list (link to Government exempt list) may still need to complete an online assessment (link to online assessement), present the completed form on arrival at the UK border.
 ACCOMMODATION GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: From 04 July all travellers can stay away from home in England, while properties need to be COVID Secure.
  • CAPACITY: Up to 80% of UK properties are currently open, with the majority of properties expected to open throughout August and September.
  • CATERING: Most properties offer very limited breakfast and dinner services, with some offering collection only, while others can only provide table service and ask for food to be pre-ordered. Hotels in Scotland may only offer room service.
  • CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT: Hoteliers are being led by government guidelines as these evolve, such that many are endeavouring to limit touch, and may also enquire about a traveller’s health.
  • CLEANING: Advanced cleaning procedures are being adopted in all areas. Guest rooms will not be cleaned during a guest’s stay, with towels and linen being on a request only basis.
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory for non-seated customers.
  • OCCUPANCY: Some properties are restricting occupancy to only allow the sharing of a room for guests from the same household.
  • OTHER ON-SITE SERVICES: Services within restaurants, leisure facilities, meeting rooms and other public areas are unavailable.
  • REFUNDS: Many hoteliers are being flexible on cancellations and refunds.
  • TIMINGS: Social distancing measures may lead to delays on check in and departure, with a strong emphasis on limiting contact wherever possible.
  • VAT: VAT on accommodation, food and non-alcoholic drinks has being reduced to 5%, with most corporate hotels passing the saving on to travellers.
MEETING GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: Hotels but not conference centres are re-opening - properties need to be COVID Secure.
  • CAPACITY: Small meetings may be possible for less than 30 people on the basis that social distancing rules can be applied and as led by local restrictions.
  • CLEANING: Advanced cleaning procedures are being adopted in all areas.
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory for non-seated customers.
  • REFUNDS: Many hoteliers are being flexible on cancellations and refunds.
  • TIMINGS: Social distancing measures may lead to delays on check in and departure, with a strong emphasis on limiting contact wherever possible.
FLIGHT GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: For Essential travel, such as where an alternative way of travelling is not possible.
  • CAPACITY: Many airlines have reduced capacity on flights to promote social distancing, which may result in some services not being available at the time of your search.
  • CATERING: No food and drink provision available on flights.
  • CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT: Minimise luggage and face to face contact. Due to social distancing measures at airports, travellers can anticipate delays on check in and the drop off and collection of luggage.
  • CLEANING: Airlines are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on planes.
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory.
  • OTHER IN-FLIGHT SERVICES: To reduce touch points many airlines have removed pillows, blankets and in-flight sales.
  • TICKET REFUNDS: Airlines are taking differing positions on refunds, so while some airlines are refunding fares, others are providing vouchers.
  • TIMINGS: Social distancing measures including mandatory face covering are being introduced at airports and on planes, so please allow more time for your overall journey.
RAIL GUIDANCE:
  • OVERVIEW: For Essential travel, such as where an alternative way of travelling is not possible.
  • CAPACITY: Some Train Operating Companies have reduced capacity on train services to promote social distancing, which may result in some services not being available at the time of your search.
  • CATERING: No food and drink provision available onboard rail services.
  • CLEANING: Train Operating Companies are undertaking advanced cleaning protocols on trains.
  • FACE MASKS: Compulsory.
  • FLEXIBLE TICKETS: Where you book a flexible train ticket, your seat reservation (please see note below about Seat Reservations) may only apply to the service time and route you selected, so to travel at a different time please check at the station ticket office before boarding.
  • SEAT RESERVATIONS: Some Train Operating Companies are mandating that all travellers require seat reservations where seats can be booked, so please ensure you have seat reserved for all journeys.
  • TIMINGS: Social distancing measures including mandatory face covering are being introduced across the rail network including stations, so please allow more time for your overall journey.
  • TICKET COLLECTION: Where possible please use E-Tickets rather than collecting tickets from stations.
  • TICKET REFUNDS: Rail tickets are being refunded with some greater flexibility provided, however there are delays on refunds being processed.
Should you have any queries around your travel requirements please get in touch with a member of the team who will readily provide assistance.
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