- It is mandatory to wear a face covering in most indoor settings, including shops, museums, galleries, theatres and on all public transport.
- If you are using public transport, plan ahead and travel at quieter times – cycle or walk where possible.
- You must wear a face covering at Transport for London (TfL) stations and on all services, including the Tube, trains and buses.
- Find the latest information on the official UK government website, including the response to the omicron variant.
Can I travel to London?
There are restrictions in place for people travelling to England from outside the UK.
Make sure to follow the rules around testing, self-isolation and documentation. You may also be required to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days when travelling from certain countries.
Find out everything you need to know about travelling to the UK, including the latest rules for entering England.
Latest London coronavirus rules
What are the current guidelines in London?
London has moved to Plan B as part of the UK government's coronavirus response to the omicron variant.
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in most indoor settings. This includes shops, museums, galleries, theatres, hotels, cinemas and all public transport. The UK government also recommends wearing a face covering in crowded areas.
You are required to show your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your vaccination status or a negative test for entry into certain venues. These include nightclubs and late-night venues, as well as many large indoor and outdoor events. Find out more information about the NHS COVID Pass.
If you're travelling around the capital, plan ahead and avoid busy times on public transport – walk or cycle where possible.
You must wear a face covering at Transport for London (TfL) stations and on all services, including the Tube, bus, tram and DLR. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering.
Find the latest information on the official UK government website.
London attractions, venues and events
You should check directly with venues for further information about opening hours, entry requirements, face coverings and special safety measures in place ahead of your visit. You may also be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test for entry to certain venues in London.
Some major London events may have been postponed, cancelled or moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Take a look at some of the top things to do in London.
Most attractions and events must be booked in advance.
If you have tickets for a performance, event or attraction which has to make changes due to coronavirus, your ticket provider will contact you to discuss exchange or refund options.
If you are unwell or self-isolating at the time of your booking, please contact your ticket supplier to discuss options.
If you’ve booked tickets through visitlondon.com, refer to these booking FAQs for more information and contact details.
Guidance for staying safe
You must wear a face covering in most indoor settings, including shops, museums, galleries, theatres and on all public transport.
It is mandatory to wear a face covering at Transport for London stations and on all services, including the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, Overground and TfL Rail. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering.
The UK government also recommends wearing a face covering in crowded areas to help keep yourself and others safe during your visit to London.
Find more information on face coverings and where you must wear them in London.
If you're using public transport, travel at quieter times for more space and wear a face covering. You may be denied access to the travel network if you do not wear a face covering.
Across the TfL network, there's regular cleaning using antiviral disinfectant, hand sanitiser stations and fresh air ventilation on buses, trains and Tubes to help you travel safely in London.
For the latest travel information, visit the Transport for London website.
Protecting yourself and others
If you feel unwell during your trip to London, there are specific procedures in place for anyone experiencing symptoms – find full information on the official UK government website.
To help stop the spread of the virus, make sure you:
- Self-isolate immediately if you develop coronavirus symptoms and get a test.
- Wear a face covering in crowded public spaces, indoor settings and when travelling on public transport. This measure applies across all TfL services and stations.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water throughout the day. Use hand sanitiser if you do not have access to water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
Follow the UK government's guidance on ways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
More useful information
The “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark ensures the places you visit are adhering to UK government and public health guidance. This is available to UK venues and businesses to signal that they’ve put in place special safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Look out for the “See it Safely” mark at theatre venues, which ensures they are following coronavirus safety guidelines.
Make sure to also read the latest guidance on planning a holiday in England, which includes detailed information on what to do if you feel unwell during your trip.
You can also nominate your local small businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Pay it Forward platform to generate funding and recover from the impact of COVID-19.
If you’re not able to visit London yet, you can still experience the capital from your sofa with our Virtually London guide. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Last updated: 6 January 2021