Coronavirus London: latest information and advice

Find official UK coronavirus guidance and resources for travelling safely in London.
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  • Find the latest information on the official UK government website
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • The UK government has advised against all non-essential international travel, with some exemptions. 
  • You may not need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’re travelling from some countries or territories.
  • You should avoid using public transport at peak times – cycle or walk where possible. 
  • You must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport, including all TfL services, and in shops.
  • For people already in the UK, use the 111 online coronavirus service to get further information.

How will coronavirus disease impact my travel to London?

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has advised against all non-essential international travel, with some exemptions – see the latest updates from the UK government

There are specific procedures in place for anyone experiencing symptoms, with further information on the official UK government website. You can find further advice on the NHS website, including how to get a free test for coronavirus.

People are required to continue observing social distancing guidelines and limit contact with other people – follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home.

You should keep two metres apart from people who live outside of your household. 

Where it is not possible to keep two metres apart, the "one metre plus" rule with other mitigating precautions may be adopted.

Can I still visit London? 

The UK is still open to visitors. However, the UK government has advised against all non-essential travel, with some exemptions. You are advised to check the latest FCO travel advice before planning international travel.

Many countries have travel restrictions in place and international visitors should check their own government's guidelines for advice before any essential travel to London.

People arriving in England from countries including France, Germany and Italy no longer need to self-isolate.

All people, with a few exemptions, will still be required to provide contact information on arrival in the UK.

Guidance for staying safe 

It is advised that you make your journey by cycling or walking. If you make a journey on public transport, you should avoid travelling at peak times and wear a face covering. For the latest travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport, and in all shops, supermarkets and enclosed public spaces. 

From 8 Augustit is mandatory to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings, including cinemas, museums, galleries and places of worship.

You can now meet in groups of up to two households or up to six people from different households when outside, following the UK government’s social distancing guidelines.

It is also against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, with some limited exceptions.

Find out more about restrictions in London due to the coronavirus outbreak.

London attractions, venues and events

Find out what's open and when as lockdown restrictions ease in London, including restaurants, pubs, shops, museums and more across the city.

Many events are still postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the official UK government website for a full list of what is and isn’t allowed. 

To ensure the businesses you visit are adhering to government and public health guidance, you'll start to see the “We’re Good to Go” industry standard mark. This is available to UK venues and business events suppliers to adopt and use in their own promotion.

You can 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 coronavirus.

Experience London from your sofa with our Virtually London guide, where you'll find live performances, online workshops, virtual museum tours and many more things to do at home. 

Pre-booked tickets

In light of the UK government recommendations, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre venues have ended current performances – visit the Official London Theatre website for information about refunds and exchanges.
If you’ve booked tickets through, refer to our booking FAQs for more information. 

How to avoid getting sick

To avoid the spread of the virus, make sure you:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water. 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.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
  • Limit contact with other people and stay two metres away from others outside of your household.
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces such as shops, and when travelling on public transport. This measure applies across all TfL services. 
  • Self-isolate for 10 days if you show symptoms or test positive for coronavirus.

Find more information and tips on how to avoid the spreading of the virus.

More useful resources

Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak, or find more coronavirus guidance on the NHS website

Last updated: 04 August 2020