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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Department For Transport

November 26
20:44 2020

National restrictions

National restrictions currently apply in England. From, and including, Wednesday 2 December 2020 new local restriction tiers come into effect.

Before 2 December, you must stay at home and avoid travel in the UK or overseas, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, including:

  • travelling to work where this cannot be done from home
  • travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
  • hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
  • exercise, if you need to make a short journey to do so

Local restriction tiers

From, and including, 2 December, new local restriction tiers will apply in England. If you are in a high or very high tier, you should aim to reduce your journeys.

Across all tiers you should:

  • walk or cycle if you can where that is not possible, use public transport or drive
  • plan ahead and avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times
  • avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble

If you live in a medium tier:

  • you must follow high tier social contact rules when you travel to a high tier area
  • you should avoid travel to or overnight stays in very high tier areas other than where necessary, such as for work or education
  • where necessary, you can travel through a very high tier area as part of a longer journey

If you live in a high tier:

  • you must continue to follow high tier social contact rules when you travel to a medium tier area
  • you should avoid travel to or overnight stays in very high tier areas other than where necessary, such as for work or education
  • where necessary, you can travel through a very high tier area as part of a longer journey

If you live in a very high tier:

  • you should avoid travelling outside your area, including for overnight stays, other than where necessary, such as for work or education
  • where travel is necessary, you should continue to follow very high tier social contact rules when you travel to a medium tier or high tier area

Check the local restriction tiers that apply in your area and at your destination before you travel.

These tiered restrictions apply to England only. The rules are different in the other UK nations. You should check the rules that apply if you plan to travel to any other part of the UK:

Travel over the festive period

Some social contact restrictions will be different between 23 and 27 December.

You may travel to meet people in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

Transport routes may be busier than normal. Plan your journey and check for disruption before you leave to help keep everyone safe when travelling for Christmas. You should avoid making unnecessary stops during your journey. Where possible, avoid sharing a car with people not in your household.

Safer travel easy read guide

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

You can help control coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive.

For travel from, and including, 2 December, check the local restriction tiers that apply to the areas you pass through when travelling.

You can also help control coronavirus by:

  • working from home where possible
  • observing social contact rules for your local and destination areas
  • keeping your distance when you travel, where possible
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • planning ahead and avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
  • downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and checking in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters

You must not travel at all if you:

You should not travel if you:

These restrictions apply to England only. The rules are different in the other

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