The Government has issued detailed guidance about how to travel safely and you should read their travel advice on the government’s ‘Safer travel guidance for passengers’ webpage. This includes the latest travel guidance during the national lockdown in England.
If you are an International student, please refer to the travel guidance email sent to you by our International Advice and Guidance team. If you have any questions, please contact the team.
For guidance about when to travel back to Liverpool or to campus, please see Returning to or arriving to commence your studies on the Liverpool campus in 2021.
COVID Guidance and Travel Plans Helpline
The University has a dedicated COVID Guidance and Travel Plans Helpline.
You can call the team on 0151 795 9500.
Monday-Sunday 10am to 4.30pm
If you do choose to travel, we’ve also rounded up a few key tips to help you follow government guidelines and travel safely.
Before you travel
- Before travelling, check with your transport operator for the latest travel advice on your route. Travel may take longer and you may need to allow more time if your journey involves changes between different forms of transport.
- Avoid the busiest routes and travel at off-peak times if you are able to.
- Book your ticket online in advance or pay by contactless where possible. It is also advisable to book rail travel directly with operators rather than going through a third party as it has been agreed that student ticket cancellations or rebooking during the travel window will not incur an admin charge if travel plans are changed due to COVID-19.
- Be prepared to queue or take a different entrance or exit to stations.
- If you are travelling on public transport and your journey is short, eat and drink before travelling.
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel. If possible, check-in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.
During your journey
- Follow social contact rules.
- Wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport. You must also wear a face covering at railway stations, airports, bus stations, ports and other terminals.
- Where possible, keep your distance when you travel.
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
- If you are car sharing, you must not share the car with someone from outside of your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason.
- Try to avoid touching your face. You should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- If car sharing, wear face coverings, open windows for ventilation and sit with the maximum distance between people in the vehicle.
- During your journey, pay by contactless where possible.
- If you need to dispose of your face covering when travelling, use ‘black bag’ waste bins or litter bins. Do not use recycling bins.
To help us provide the necessary student support and COVID-19 testing, please fill in our short Holiday Travel Arrangements Form. Please complete the form to tell us when you plan to travel home and return to campus.
When not to travel
The government guidance states you must not travel if you:
- have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate
- are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
- are self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 symptoms or sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms
The government states you should not travel if you:
- are clinically extremely vulnerable, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments
These restrictions apply to England. Remember, the rules are different in the other UK nations:
- national restrictions in Northern Ireland
- national restrictions in Scotland
- national restrictions in Wales
- If you are planning to travel to another country in the next few weeks, please refer to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) site for up to date information.
- The Government’s ‘Safer travel guidance for passengers’ webpage
- University’s student COVID-19 safety pages
- University’s ‘Winter travel plans’ guidance
- Government’s ‘journey fees waived’ webpage
- Liverpool City Council’s COVID-19 pages
- Merseytravel’s travel advice
- National Rail’s travel advice
- Liverpool Airport’s travel advice
- Transpennine Express student travel webpage
- Northern Railway student travel webpage
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