Business Advice & Guidance

Visitor Economy Guidance

As the UK continues to emerge from the worst of the pandemic and consumers look for visitor experiences and destinations where they can reconnect with family and friends, the visitor economy is beginning to rally. However, consumers are also Covid-aware and anxious their visit is going to be ‘safe’. There is growing evidence showing that a business demonstrating it is Covid-safe provides two key benefits: one, it offers the business a positive sales message and two, it gives the consumer the confidence to visit.

For a complete summary of the latest Government advice and guidance please click here

Summary information for the Visitor Economy

  • All businesses and venues, including nightclubs etc, are now able to open
  • All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment or business events have been lifted
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules
  • All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance

Support and Advice from VisitBritain / VisitEngland

  • Business advice hub - helping your tourism business to grow, with practical tips, legal obligations and local support
  • Latest information on COVID-19 - latest tourism-related news and information for UK tourism businesses on the outbreak of COVID-19
  • We're Good To Go - the official UK mark to signal adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. Businesses already registered are automatically eligible for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp. 

Quality in Tourism 1:1 Sessions - FREE to join

  • In-depth 1:1 session, for your business, run by experienced, personable, industry experts, providing practical advice on every step of your visitors’ journey

Domestic Travel

  •  There are no restrictions on travel within England
  • It is worth checking local rules if you’re planning to travel to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or to Ireland or the Channel Islands, as there may be restrictions in place
  • As always, do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating. Get a PCR test and follow the stay at home guidance.

International Travel

  • From 11 October 2021, the red list has been reduced to 7 countries and proof of vaccination will be recognised from 37 new countries and territories. Read more here.
  • You should not travel to countries or territories on the red list
  • You must follow the rules for international travel
  • What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the last 10 days before you arrive
  • People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK
  • Find out which list the country you are travelling from is on and what you need to do
  • Global Travel Taskforce recommendation report - report recognises the importance of international travel to the UK