London and Coronavirus

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How to visit London safely during the Covid-19 pandemic

Updated on 29 Aug 2020
Would you like to visit London, but you don’t know if it safe to do so? Would you like to know what can you visit in London now? These are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about visiting London safely.

Is it safe to travel to London?

This is a question that I hear very often from family and friends. The situation has improved a lot from the months of March and April, when we had more than 800 new daily cases of covid-19 in London. In the first two weeks of August, the number of daily cases in London on average was about 100. More updated information can be found on the Greater London Authority website.

graph of London coronavirus daily cases

Can I travel to the UK from any country?

If you live abroad you should check the latest updates from the Government. Both residents and visitors need to provide their contact details and their journey plans, so that can be easily traced if necessary. The online form must be filled within 48 hours from your departure. More information can be found here.

Should I self-isolate?

Self Isolation of 14 days is not always required. For instance, if you are coming from France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Spain (including the Canary Islands), or if you visited these countries less than 14 days before your arrival in the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 14-days. The updated list of countries that do not require to quarantine can be found here under and it is published on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors.

Which countries are exempt from quarantine?

Here’s the latest update (29 August), with the link to the specific advice for each country:

  1. Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Australia
  5. Barbados
  6. Bermuda
  7. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  8. British Antarctic Territory
  9. British Indian Ocean Territory
  10. British Virgin Islands
  11. Brunei (aggiunta l’ 11 Agosto 2020)
  12. Cayman Islands
  13. the Channel Islands
  14. Curaçao
  15. Cyprus
  16. Czech Republic – removed on 29 August
  17. Denmark
  18. Dominica
  19. Estonia
  20. Falkland Islands
  21. Faroe Islands
  22. Fiji
  23. Finland
  24. French Polynesia
  25. Gibraltar
  26. Germany
  27. Greece
  28. Greenland
  29. Grenada
  30. Guadeloupe
  31. Hong Kong
  32. Hungary
  33. Iceland
  34. Ireland
  35. the Isle of Man
  36. Italy
  37. Jamaica – removed on 29 August
  38. Japan
  39. Latvia
  40. Liechtenstein
  41. Lithuania
  42. Macao (Macau)
  43. Malaysia (aggiunta l’ 11 Agosto 2020)
  44. Mauritius
  45. Montserrat
  46. New Caledonia
  47. New Zealand
  48. Norway
  49. Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  50. Poland
  51. Portugal (aggiunta il 22 Agosto 2020)
  52. Reunion
  53. San Marino
  54. Seychelles
  55. Slovakia
  56. Slovenia
  57. South Korea
  58. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  59. St Barthélemy
  60. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  61. St Kitts and Nevis
  62. St Lucia
  63. St Pierre and Miquelon
  64. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  65. Switzerland – removed on 29 August
  66. Taiwan
  67. Turkey
  68. Vatican City State
  69. Vietnam

Is it safe to use public transport in London?

London historic bus 15

A lot of people still work from home, so public transport is much less crowded than before, and there are restrictions in place as well. For instance, a maximum number of 30 passengers is allowed on buses. On public transport a face mask should be worn all the time. So nothing wrong with using buses or the tube, but it would be better to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary. Walking or cycling in London are very good options.

Are pubs and restaurants open in London?

salisbury pub

Yes: you can go to a pub or a restaurant now, and until the end of August there are many offering a 50% discount on your bill (usually only on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). You can check the list of restaurant participating to the ‘eat out help out’ scheme here.

Can I visit a museum?

British Museum from the outside

Many museums are now open, but even if they are free, you need to book your visit in advance. These are the links to the booking pages of the most famous museums:

If you need more information do not hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below!

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