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Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak.

National restrictions begin in England from 5 November

Find out about the new restrictions and what you can and cannot do.

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by walking and cycling, if you can. Where this is not possible, use public transport or drive. You can also help control coronavirus by:

  • working safely - this may be working from home, or within the workplace if COVID-secure guidelines are followed closely
  • observing social contact rules
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • keeping your distance when you travel, where possible
  • avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour

You should not travel at all if you:

Walking, cycling, driving and travelling by public transport

Transport operators and workers

Cars, vans, motorbikes

Bus and lorry drivers

Freight, bus and road transport businesses

Maritime and shipping

Aviation and flying

Overseas travel

COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted. This advice is being kept under constant review.

Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice. Check FCDO coronavirus travel guidance.

Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 11 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Aviation operator and passenger guidance added.

  2. Guidance for safer travel and safer transport operations during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  3. First published.