Coronavirus restrictions: travel update information
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The situation regarding travel is continuously developing and changing. Here are the most reliable and up-to-date sources of information that are available to help you plan ahead. Remember that there may be restrictions for both entering AND returning from different countries, and additional documentation may be needed.
Updated 11 March 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO), is a reliable and trusted source of global news and information related to the pandemic.
The International Air Travel Association provides information about specific airline routes and booking and refund policies.
IATA provide detailed information on entry criteria for all countries as well as an interactive map.
Getting fit for the mountains
Unless you have been able to enjoy lockdown in a hilly or mountainous area, no amount of walking or running around the local streets will prepare your body for the mountains. This will mean you're prone to injury.
Trying some of these ideas may help:
- climbing stairs – lots of them, as often and as many as possible
- wobble board/wobble cushion work – balance on two feet, then balance on one foot at a time, for 1 minute, then try to build to two or three minutes, twice a day. (This will be invaluable for strong ankles over rough and steep ground and tussocky grass.
- carrying a loaded rucksack on your daily local walks
- any other of your favourite exercises for building leg and core strength.
Travel within the UK
We are all wanting to return to the mountains and places of beauty, but we need to think not just of ourselves, but of others too. Collectively we can be responsible. Always follow guidelines, follow any re-routed paths to keep local communities safe, and above all, be considerate and think carefully about anything you do.
For current guidance on how to access and enjoy open spaces and the outdoors
For current guidance on how to visit and enjoy the Lake District
For the current status of visiting Snowdonia
For the current information about visiting the Peak District
Information from Visit Scotland.
Information about Wales
General advice – Please remember that if it feels too crowded it is too crowded and have a ‘plan B’ ready.
If you feel unwell while away from home
If you are unfortunate and begin to display symptoms that are indicative of having contracted Covid 19, then the following instructions should be rigidly applied. (Extract from UK government website)
If a guest is displaying signs of the Covid-19 virus while staying in overnight accommodation for a permitted reason, they should inform the accommodation provider, immediately self-isolate where they are to minimise any risk of transmission, and request a test. If they are confirmed to have Covid-19, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home (for example because they are not well enough to travel or do not have the means to arrange transport), their circumstances should be discussed with an appropriate health care professional and, if necessary, the local authority. Guests should follow government guidance on dealing with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Once the guest has returned to their main residence, they should continue to follow the government guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.”
Travel from the UK
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website has daily updates on specific destinations.
For air travel, Skyscanner have a regularly updated page with links to airlines, and the current status of flights and restrictions.
Travel from the USA to Europe and other countries
Useful country-specific travel sites
Austria – Austria official travel portal
France – Explore France
Germany – German Travel information
Greece – Greek Travel Pages
Japan – Travel advisory information
Portugal – official site travel information
Sweden – restrictions and advice
Switzerland – Dream now, travel later, latest advice
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- Cycling and cycle touring
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