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Author: Ollie Rooke

As lockdown restrictions ease up across the board, it can be tricky to know where you can go and what you can do. That’s why we’ve put together a list of countries that us British riders love to travel to and through, so you can get an answer to the question: where can I go motorcycling this summer?

Before we get started it’s important to note that official Government advice currently advises against non-essential international travel. This will be changing from Saturday, 4 July for selected countries, which are yet to be announced:  “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.”

Any returning travellers are also subject to a 14-day ‘quarantine’ period where they must remain self-isolated at home. However, ‘travel-corridors’ have been announced between England and 60 other countries (the closest are listed below) where this quarantine period will not apply, unless you’ve been in or transited through non-exempt countries in the preceding 14 days.

This article will be updated regularly if and when restrictions change, it was last updated on 3 July, 2020.

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British Isles

England

Yes. Non-essential travel is allowed. From 4 July, you can also stay away overnight for the first time since lockdown began, as hotels, B&Bs and campsites can reopen. All visitors, including residents, from outside of the UK will be expected to quarantine for 14 days, although these measures set to be reviewed at the end of June.

Looking for something to do close to home? Take on this epic two day tour of England, the Three Kingdoms Way.

Scotland

Yes, but no overnight stays yet. As of 3 July, rules regarding a five-mile travel limit have been relaxed, meaning travel across the border is possible. However, overnight stays are not and residents/visitors should be able to complete any trips within a day, starting and finishing at home. Expect more changes in the near future as tourism is expected to resume on 15 July.

When travel is permitted, check out this fantastic route through the Cairngorms.

Wales

Not yet. Residents are currently advised against all but essential travel and are asked to travel no further than five miles from their home. This is set to change from Monday 6 July when you’ll be able to travel as far as you like. Much like Scotland you’ll need to return home for the night, with overnight stays not allowed just yet.

Northern Ireland

Non-essential travel is advised against, but if you’re travelling from the British Isles you won’t be required to isolate for 14 days.

Ireland

No. All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided. Arrivals from overseas, including residents, are legally required to complete a passenger locator form and are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

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European Mainland

  • France

Yes. Voluntary 14 day self-isolation period for travellers from the UK. Any symptomatic travellers identified during border health checks are subject to quarantine, regardless of their nationality. From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from France will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Brittany ferry services resume from 29 June between Portsmouth to Caen and Plymouth to Roscoff, while Dover to Calais services continue to run on a reduced service. While on a ferry you’ll be expected to wear a face-covering.

Travelling to France? Check out our top D-Day Sites to visit, all a stone’s throw from British shores.

  • Belgium

Yes. No self isolation period. 1.5m social distancing restrictions have to be observed.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from France will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Netherlands

Yes, although travellers from Sweden and the United Kingdom are strongly advised to go into quarantine for 14 days.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from France will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Spain

Yes. From 28 June UK travellers will be permitted to travel to Spain, without a 14 day isolation period. They will be asked for their country of origin and to register in case of contact tracing. Visitors will also undergo a temperature check.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from Spain will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Face masks are obligatory in public spaces. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions must be observed at all times.

Brittany Ferries will resume services from 29 June from Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cork and Rosslare to Santander and Bilbao. You’ll need to wear a face-covering while on the ferry.

Check out six unmissable roads to ride in northern Spain and Portugal.

  • Italy

Yes. Regional travel is also permitted. You must wear a mask in public and maintain social distancing of at least 1m. Regional restrictions can differ and change at any time.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from Italy will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

If you’re visiting Italy, don’t miss out on the spectacular roads of the Dolomites.

  • Switzerland

Yes. Face masks are recommended in public and social distancing of 1.5m should be observed.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from France will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Germany

Yes. Regional restrictions can differ. For example, Warendorf in the big western state of North Rhine-Westphalia has joined the neighbouring district of Gütersloh in reintroducing local measures after an outbreak in a meat-processing plant.

From 10 July people arriving to England (but not the rest of the UK) from Germany will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Austria

Only if you have a recent negative COVID-19 test certificate. Entry to Austria is subject to presenting a medical certificate at the border with a medical certificate of micro-biological test results no more than 4 days old.

Arrivals from the UK without a valid medical certificate will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Travel Insurance

It’s important to note that current advice regarding non-essential travel can void travel insurance policies and cause issues in the event of a claim.

Make sure you call your provider before setting off to ensure you’re covered.

Where can I go motorcycling this summer?

Full details of restrictions for every European country can be found here.

This article will be updated regularly if and when restrictions change, it was last updated on 3 July, 2020.