COVID-19 Tourism Guidance


The latest information and guidance for the UK travel and tourism industry can be found on the VisitBritain website.

Guidance for local lockdowns

The Government has published a full list of areas with local lockdown restrictions for England and guidance on what people should do if they are on holiday in an area with local coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions or live in a restricted area and are planning on taking a holiday outside the area.

The government have clarified that transport operators providing services through or within areas with local lockdown restrictions should continue operating services as normal, but should continue reviewing risk assessments regularly.

‘Good To Go’ Quality Mark

A new industry standard quality mark has now been developed and made available to all tourism businesses, attractions and destinations in order to provide reassurance to visitors and customers that they are taking the necessary steps to adhere to official Government guidelines.

Extensions to seasonal occupancy of caravan sites in Wales, planning guide available

A booklet has been written for caravan site owners and operators as a guide to making planning applications to allow existing caravan sites to open all year where seasonal occupancy conditions prevent this. The guide has been prepared in light of the implications for caravan site businesses from the COVID-19 restrictions.

Are there any guidelines for hospitality businesses?

UKHospitality has published COVID secure guidelines for hospitality businesses. The guidance is consolidated advice and good practice from many parts of the hospitality and visitor sector. The guidance should be used in conjunction with Government guidelines.

Is there any specific guidance for food businesses?

New guidance for food businesses has been published with details about food hygiene guidance, managing employee sickness and social distancing.

Filming and broadcasting at permitted visitor economy venues

Filming and broadcasting at permitted visitor economy venues can take place subject to those using the premises following the guidance issued for filming from the British Film Commission or in the case of TV production, the BBC.

Arrangements for meetings, accommodation or food and refreshments will need to follow the relevant visitor economy guidanceExhibition and conference centres are not permitted venues presently and therefore not able to use their facilities for these purposes.

New Jobs Portal

A free-to-use jobs portal to help workers from the tourism and hospitality sectors who have found themselves displaced as a result of the COVID-19 situation has been launched.

If you would like to send the link to the portal to employees whom you have had to let go/or having to let go at the moment, please email [email protected] to request the guide to explaining to employees the advantages of applying on HospitalityUnite.  If you are an organisation with urgent vacancies you would like to advertise, please also email the above address and your enquiry will be fielded to the appropriate member of the team.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched three interactive COVID-19 Travel Demand Recovery Dashboards, offering insight into the evolving global travel demand and breaking data down into Regional Overviews, Segment Overviews, and Movements and Bookings.

Join VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s marketing response 

VisitBritain/VisitEngland has launched a social marketing campaign to keep the UK top of visitors’ minds during international and UK travel bans. The campaign aims to share inspirational content based on popular British culture such as recipes, TV and film shows, literature and more, for people to enjoy in their own homes. Find out how to get involved

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Centre has created an interactive map tracking COVID-19 travel regulations by country.

WTM unveils new online portal

The EU Commission has now formally launched the Re-open EU website

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has published a new set of guidelines for ‘Safe and Seamless Travel’

WTTC launches worlds first ever global safety stamp to recognise safe travels protocols around the world

ALVA Attractions Recovery Tracker

Marriott has launched a global Cleanliness Council to promote enhanced standards of cleanliness.