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COVID-19 essential travel guidance

Guidance and advice to avoid non-essential travel in the UK.


Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential.

You should stay at home as much as possible.

The reasons you may leave home include:

  • For work, where you cannot work at home
  • Going to shops that are permitted to be open - to get things like food and medicine
  • To exercise or spend time outdoors
  • Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid illness or injury, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person

Who this guidance is for

This guidance is for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People must remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.

People with holiday homes and caravans are still not permitted to travel to their second home or to stay overnight. Leaving your home - the place you live - to stay at another home is not allowed.

Further guidance:

Published 22 March 2020