Coronavirus travel advice for campers

Thinking of camping this year? Or maybe a family glamping holiday? In the era of coronavirus (COVID-19) it's important to plan your holiday accordingly and consider your safety before you book a trip. To help you find the information you need, we’ve put together this comprehensive travel advice for campers, so that you can plan with confidence.

Our absolute priority at Cool Camping is the health of campers and campsite owners. It’s important that we all work together to keep everyone safe and well. We’re doing our utmost to ensure the information below is as up-to-date as possible but do refer to the UK government website for further guidance.

This page was last updated on 14th January 2022.

Are campsites and glamping sites open in the UK?

England

Yes, all holiday accommodation in England is open and taking bookings for 2022, including campsites, glamping sites and self-catering accommodation.

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Wales

Yes, all holiday accommodation in Wales is open and taking bookings for 2022, including campsites and glamping accommodation.

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Scotland

Yes, all holiday accommodation in Scotland is open and taking bookings for 2022, including campsites and glamping accommodation.

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Northern Ireland

Yes, all holiday accommodation in Northern Ireland is open, however, there are certain limits in place, including restrictions on the number of people who can gather together in a hospitality setting. You can find out more here.

What about wild camping?

Overnight stays are permitted in the UK and holiday accommodation is open. In line with this, responsible wild camping is currently allowed in those areas of the UK where wild camping is permissible, with the usual respect required and wild camping code followed. As always, we urge all campers to consider very carefully their impact on others and the environment before embarking on a wild camping excursion and to check our wild camping advice pages for further tips and information.

What happens if I need to self-isolate and cannot go on my holiday?

If you have tested positive for coronavirus you should self-isolate and should not attend any accommodation or hospitality venue you have booked to stay in within your isolation period. Please contact your host (their contact details will be provided in your booking confirmation email) and tell them about your circumstances. As we enter the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, campsites and glamping businesses are, by now, well used to the curve balls and difficult circumstances the pandemic creates and will already have policies in place to manage your booking. Where possible, we always encourage campers to support the small businesses we recommend by re-arranging their holiday dates rather than cancelling the booking.

Will I have to wear a face mask when I go camping?

Yes and no. You won't be expected to wear a face covering while camping, such as around your tent, around the campfire or outdoors, for example, but face coverings are now required by law in most indoor public spaces. As a result, campsites and glamping sites do request that you still wearing face coverings when in shared indoor spaces, such as inside washblocks or campsite cafés.

What safety measures do campsites have in place?

Like most businesses in the UK, campsites, glamping sites and accommodation providers are expected to follow government and industry guidelines in order to offer a Covid-secure environment. In fact, many businesses go well beyond the minimum guidelines in order to provide the safest possible experience and give their guests peace of mind.

On many UK campsites, changes as a result of the pandemic include things like:

  • Publishing an NHS QR code in order to collect NHS Track & Trace information.
  • Printing distance markers in shared facilities to aid social distancing.
  • Additional space in communal seating areas.
  • Reducing the overall capacity of the campsite in order to maximise space for guests.
  • Allocated showering times booked via campsite apps.
  • Contactless check in or unattended check in.
  • More frequent cleaning, more frequent emptying of bins and more thorough 'deep cleaning' regimes.
  • Improved ventilation in communal areas and indoor spaces.
  • Increasing the number of toilets and showers on site and, in some cases, providing private toilet and shower facilities for each pitch.

While all campsites are working to ensure they follow the governments COVID-19 Secure guidelines, the huge variety of camping experiences on offer means there is no one-size fits all approach to how things will be. One campsite, for example, might have outdoor showers, so additional ventilation isn’t needed, while other campsites might have modern, purpose-built wash-blocks, where a one-way system will need to be implemented and extra ventilation provided. Whatever the case, you can be confident that every campsite open is currently operating with the latest guidelines in mind and is working to ensure that campers are safe and well informed this summer.

For additional assurance, in the summer of 2020, VisitEngland partnered with the national tourist boards of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to launch We're Good to Go for businesses to demonstrate they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked that they have the required processes in place. You can view all campsites on the Cool Camping website that are Good to Go accredited here.

Can I go on a camping holiday in France and Europe (from the UK)?

It depends on your vaccination status. Campsites and glamping sites in France are currently open, although how easy it is to travel will depend on your covid vaccination status. Since 14th January 2022, vaccinated travellers can enter France from the UK for holidays and do not have to self-isolate when they arrive – you do still require a negative Covid test, taken 24 hours before leaving the UK. People who are not vaccinated can only enter France for essential reasons. Unvaccinated travellers must have a compelling reason to enter France, and must still isolate for 10 days upon arrival.

The UK government's Foreign Travel Advice pages are the most reliable source of information regarding whether or not you should travel to other countries. In particular, their travel advice for France can be found here.

Should I buy travel insurance?

Yes. We always recommend that you have comprehensive travel insurance for any holiday you take. We recommend you take out a policy which covers you in the event of cancellation. This will provide extra cover in circumstances where you have to cancel due to reasons not related to Coronavirus too. For foreign holidays, we recommend you take out a policy that has good medical coverage for international trips. Please contact your insurer directly if you have questions about what they cover.