When can I go camping in the UK and abroad? Will I have to wear a face mask?

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Following the latest government lockdown roadmap announcement, interest in holidays abroad as well as staycations has surged.

The reopening of campsites and caravan parks is now on the horizon, and, as the weather gets warmer heading towards the summer, many Brits will be keen to take an outdoors break.

But any easing of the rules will vary between the four UK nations, and will be subject to infection rates and hospitalisations continuing their downward trend.

Here’s what you need to know about when campsites will reopen, and with whom you will be allowed to visit.

Can I go camping in the UK at the moment?

All four UK nations are currently in lockdown, and camping, glamping, and other outdoors holidays are not permitted.

This includes wild camping, as the rules state you should minimise the amount of time you spend outside your home and overnight stays elsewhere are not allowed.

Can I go camping in the UK at the moment?

All four UK nations are currently in lockdown, and camping, glamping, and other outdoors holidays are not permitted.

This includes wild camping, as the rules state you should minimise the amount of time you spend outside your home and overnight stays elsewhere are not allowed.

When will I be able to go on a camping holiday abroad?

Things are more complicated in this case. At the moment, travelling abroad for holidays is illegal in the UK.

Many countries have strict quarantine restrictions on foreign arrivals, too. For example, if you travel to France you will be required to quarantine in government-provided accommodation for 10 days. Campsites are also closed in the country.

The UK may allow international travel on May 17, but this will depend on a review of the safety of reopening borders which will be carried out by April 12.

The UK government’s Foreign Travel Advice have the most up-to-date information on travelling restrictions and local rules per country.

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

We can only speculate based on the existing guidelines and our experience from summer 2020.

It is likely that you will not have to wear a face covering while outdoors, around your tent or the campfire.

But it is possible that you will be expected to wear a face covering in indoor settings, such as washblock buildings, campsite shops, reception buildings and indoor communal areas.

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