Read on for up-to-date travel advice and information about the coronavirus pandemic and how it relates to our region.
Please read on for official coronavirus UK guidance and resources for travelling safely to and within Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.
Government will lift all coronavirus restrictions and guidelines on Monday 19 July with a return to 'normality':
A message from Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland local authorities
From 19 July as we move forward to stage four in the roadmap it’s still important to proceed cautiously. Covid-19 has not gone away and regionally our case rates are some of the highest we have seen throughout the pandemic. While thankfully hospital admissions are not as high as previously, they are growing. People are still becoming very ill and even those with mild symptoms can go on to develop long Covid.
To help protect others and keep the North East open there are some things we can all keep doing:
Step four is the next phase in managing the pandemic and we must learn to live alongside Covid-19 as safely as possible. The people of the North East have worked hard throughout the pandemic and made many sacrifices. Thank you for your continued support to ensure these efforts weren’t wasted / don’t throw it away.
From 17 May, travel restrictions have been lifted for both domestic travel and some specific international travel (check specific government guidelines about planning a holiday abroad)
If you are already visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.
You should continue to plan ahead and travel safely still remembering hands, face, space and fresh air.
Read full government guidelines on travel and international travel on their official gov.uk website here.
Rules around wearing face masks has changed in England since 19 July 2021. Government guidelines state:
It is strongly recommended that people in NewcastleGateshead continue to wear a face mask inside public spaces including attractions, restaurants and shops as well as on public transport. Many businesses are asking that the public continue to do so when they are inside their venue to help protect their staff and control the spread of coronavirus.
Read more information about where to wear a face covering in NewcastleGateshead here.
Make sure to plan ahead when you travel and it is strongly advise that you continue to be safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask and keeping your distance. Tyne and Wear Metro system ask that everyone wear a mask when travelling by metro and on their bus and ferry service.
Public transport is open, running to a regular timetable and safely ready to welcome visitors and locals back to NewcastleGateshead.
Getting around NewcastleGateshead on public transport with buses, metros and other transport providers is back to a normal service and operating a safe and efficient service. Check the following websites for more specific information about travelling in and around NewcastleGateshead via train, Metro and bus as well as information from the airport and ferry.
Find out how you can travel safely to receive your confirmed vaccination at Newcastle's Centre for Life here.
Find government's safer travel guides for using public transport here.
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Try to walk or cycle to get around locally
Visit the official UK government website for the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and advice for travellers, or take a look at the frequently asked questions on coronavirus on the National Heath Service (NHS) website.
Practical information for visitors, local residents, business owners and signposting to local councils can be found on the NGI website here.
Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms include a cough, fever and breathing difficulties. You can find more information on the coronavirus on the National Health Service (NHS) website.
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