COVID-19 – Coronavirus Guidance
COVID-19 – Novel Coronavirus Guidance
Current Situation – reviewed 5th August 2021
We are continuing to monitor the impacts of Coronavirus around the world and the potential impacts on holidays later this year and following years. We want to reassure you we’re carefully monitoring and evaluating the reports from governments around the world and we will continue to follow the travel advice updates & changes as soon as they are issued by the UK Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department of Transport (DOT).
Please be assured the safety and wellbeing of our customers, and staff, is of paramount importance to us. This page will be updated as and when the situation and government advice changes.
Lifting of remaining restrictions
From 19th July, most legal restrictions were lifted.
This does not affect camping in the UK although international travel restrictions remain in place.
Following a rise in COVID-19 cases in some areas, you should take precaution and follow Government advice when travelling and when out and about in your local area. Find out more about case numbers across the UK using the UK Government interactive map tool.
Changes to restrictions
Official guidance still states that face coverings are expected to be worn in crowded, indoor spaces and good hand hygiene should continue but social limits on distancing and gatherings will be dropped.
Travel restrictions will remain in place, with the UK government operating a traffic light system of countries which are either safe (green), precautionary (amber) or not safe (red). Always check before you travel.
Quarantine and self-isolation rules are changing too. Find out more here.
It will be up to individuals to follow official guidance. Public transport providers and some stores may still require you to wear face coverings. Likewise, some UK campsites may still impose safety measures after this date.
The rules are different in each of the four nations of the UK so you should always check the restrictions in the area to which you are travelling.
If you are anxious about the lifting of lockdown measures, this NHS article may help.
NHS Test and Trace will continue to be used, QR codes will continue to be displayed and businesses will still be encouraged to utilise this scheme.
When you arrive at the campsite (and at other public attractions like National Trust and English Heritage properties, theme parks etc) you will need to check in to NHS Test & Trace. This can be done using the NHS Covid-19 app or by filling in a simple form provided by the site or attraction.
The law now requires everyone aged 16 and over in your family group or bubble to check in using either the app or paper form. You can no longer get one person to check in on behalf of everybody in your group. You can find out more about the app, how it works (including privacy queries) and how to download it on the NHS website.
UK Government advice to British Nationals
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has announced the lifting of travel restrictions for specific countries around the world, whilst leaving the current the advice against all non-essential international travel in place for other destinations.
The UK Government has reiterated that the resumption of non-essential international travel must be guided by one overwhelming priority – public health. The Global Travel Taskforce report is a document produced by the Government and the industry about how best to resume internation travel. It has been recommeneded that the UK implements a risk-based reopening of international travel, making use of existing and new measures to ensure that travel is safe, sustainable and robust. A “traffic light” country system, to which different restrictions are applied depending on risk will be implemented as well as the introduction of a “Green Watchlist” to support outbound travellers identify countries most at risk of moving from green to amber.
Some Governments of our destinations also have travel restrictions in place, so please check the details for your destination carefully. We are continuously monitoring the situation in each country and we are also working closely with our suppliers & key partners internationally to understand the measures they are implementing to increase the safety of customers once holiday travel to our destinations is able to resume.
How can I check the latest advice?
You can check the latest travel and health advice for your destination on the UK Governments website at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
You can also check the latest health advice for your destination at: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
For more information on your local region you can visit the devolved government websites:
- England gov.uk/coronavirus
- Scotland gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Wales gov.wales/coronavirus
- Northern Ireland nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
ABTA have also produced a helpful guide to refer to when planning your holiday and preparing to travel which is available to download as a PDF from the bottom of the webpage at: https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/planning-and-booking-a-holiday/restarting-travel-guide-for-customers
In the event that the UK Government advice for your holiday destination changes and the FCDO advises against all travel or against non-essential travel to a destination and you are due to travel imminently then we will contact you to advise you of the latest advice and offer you alternative travel arrangements or, where an alternative is not possible, you would be entitled to a full refund of your holiday if you have booked a package holiday with us.
ABTA & ATOL Protected
Our holidays are protected by ABTA and if they include a flight also by the ATOL scheme. ABTA also have advice, information and FAQ’s regarding the Coronavirus situation and you can read that at: https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
You can read frequently asked questions on our parent site https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/coronavirus-faqs/