Travel Advice

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International travel and immigration

Using Public Transport


You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by:

  • working from home where possible
  • shopping locally and less often
  • considering all other forms of transport, such as cycling and walking, before using public transport
  • avoiding the busiest times and routes
  • keeping your distance when your travel, where possible
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly

You should not travel at all if you:

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have coronavirus.

If anyone in your household or support bubble has symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate.

It is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a:

  • bus or coach
  • train or tram
  • ferry or hovercraft or other vessel
  • aircraft
  • cable car

If you do not wear a face covering you will be breaking the law and could be fined £100, or £50 if you pay the fine within 14 days. A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth. How to wear and make a face covering. Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. 

You should also wear a face covering in other enclosed spaces where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. For example, at stations, interchanges, ports and airports and in taxis and private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator may be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.

Read the Government's safer travel guidance here.

Driving Tests: Car driving tests restarted in England on 22 July 2020 with new social distancing and safety precautions in place. These will only be for people who had their driving test cancelled because of coronavirus to begin with.  The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will email you again soon to ask you to go online and choose your preferred date and time for your test. When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test. You can apply for an emergency test if you urgently need a test because you’re classed as a key worker. Further information:…

Page Last Updated: 10/07/2020.