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TRAVEL TO THE UNITED KINGDOM
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If you arrive in UK from Spain on or after 26 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate.
The following countries were added to the exempt list on Tuesday 28 July 2020: Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Get an electronic waiver to visit the UK if you’re a citizen of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar or UAE
يمكنك الحصول على الإعفاء الإلكتروني لزيارة المملكة المتحدة إذا كنت من مواطني الكويت أو عمان أو قطر أو الإمارات العربية المتحدة، يتيح لك الإعفاء الإلكتروني زيارة المملكة المتحدة لمدة تصل إلى 6 أشهر من أجل السياحة, الاعمال, الدراسة او العلاج
Countries with no self-isolation on arrival to UK
الدول المسموح القدوم منها للمملكة المتحدة دون الإلتزام بالحجر المنزلي
Travelling to the UK by plane?
تعرف الى مطارات المملكة المتحدة
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الحدائق العامة في المملكة المتحدة

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I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Travelling acts as an Act of Self-Care

In order to stay safe from the pandemic – COVID-19, mankind has to adapt to an altogether new lifestyle, which dominantly requires us to stay at home as much as possible. Despite all the efforts to stay productive at home, we have all been missing our distant loved ones, outings, and traveling.

I strongly acknowledge the volatile nature of the tourism sector since it has always experienced a bust and boom, and this time is no different. Once leisure travel is back, it shall be back at its position again. Being confined to just one place for a long time is going to develop the urge among us to take the much-needed break and explore other places.

While traveling is excitement and thrill, it is much more than sipping margaritas on a beach and capturing photogenic sunsets. Travelling promotes happiness and acts as a therapy for your “trapped” mindset. This leads to lower cortisol levels making you feel calm and content. Exploring a new place on your own or with a bunch of like-minded people will surely have a remarkable impact on your emotional well-being. Immersing yourself in and connecting with a new and unusual environment will not only break the monotony but also diminish the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Hence, it makes sense to incorporate calmness in different chaos.

When we feel low, guilty, or undeserving of many things, we tend to be apologetic to ourselves for being who we had been. In such cases, you need self-motivation to rise again. Travelling acts as an act of self-care. Travelling can refresh your sense of independence when you come across culture shocks & language barriers, although you will always receive welcoming hospitality. Stepping out of your comfort zone also builds resilience, making you feel confident so that you can cope better in all kinds of situations. Travel professionals do come up with theme-based tourism as per your interest. New Zealand is a perfect getaway for the adrenaline junkies. London is a great destination for shopaholics and for the all-romantic couples. Cruise is best for those who wish to sail and pamper their senses. Many destinations are promoting themselves as gastronomic heaven for the inquisitive taste buds. Also, engaging with other tourists on locals lead to meaningful interactions and friendships.

While traveling alone is worthwhile, traveling with your loved ones can be rewarding in its own way. Not just that, it will help you build a stronger bond but also lessen the emotional distancing if occurring otherwise. The most relatable example could be from the Bollywood movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.’ The three friends had been living in surface happiness until they realized the depth of hollowness about their own selves on the trip. They could shed their respective fears and experienced catharsis in accomplishing them. The trip also allowed them to get through each other’s shells, being vocal of their feelings, understand each other, and be forgiving. Hence, getting to spend time with your loved ones in a distant place can help you discover the positive sides which you had been ignoring so far.

I have penned down in order to portray the indomitable spirit of every one of us who are staying and trying to stay strong in these difficult times and also the travel and hospitality professionals who are waiting with their hospitable, open arms to help you rejuvenate your mental health.

Lockdown easing: 10 things you CAN do this summer

While many European destinations have declared themselves open to Brits, plenty are opting for a “staycation” this summer. The PM has himself urged people to holiday at home, saying the UK had “peerless, wonderful, superlative places” to visit.

And with social distancing at the forefront of people’s minds, rural retreats appear to be one of the options of choice.

The drive-in is no longer the sole preserve of frisky American teens. A host of new drive-in and open-air cinemas have been announced in recent weeks, with promoters converting under-utilised spaces into massive venues to entice nervous cinema-goers back to the big screen.

But the drive-in opportunities don’t stop there. A number of car-park raves, as well as live music and comedy gigs, are also being planned across the summer.

With the 2020 car-boot season delayed because of lockdown, many organisers are now reopening their gates for the summer – so eagle-eyed hunters will be able to track down bargain treasures once again.

But as with other businesses, there will be extra rules in place.

Hiring a kayak, canoe or paddle-board has already become a popular socially-distanced way to spend time outdoors – and is likely to remain a go-to activity this summer.

Another way of avoiding the crowds is heading off to a “nearly-wild” campsite, where you can get a taste of life in the wilderness. Unless you’re in Dartmoor or parts of Scotland, wild camping itself is illegal without the landowner’s permission, so a safer bet is pitching up at a remote, but official, campsite with few or none of the usual facilities.

We may have to wait at least another year for the real thing, but with a little imagination you could turn your garden or living room into a mini-festival experience. People took up the challenge over the Glastonbury weekend, with fans making the festival’s greatest sites out of materials lying around the house.

Weddings and civil partnerships are now permitted across the UK, meaning you can tie the knot or watch loved ones do so over the warmer months. Church wedding services have also restarted, but there is a ban on singing as it poses a “particular” threat of virus spread.

With people now looking for alternative sports that allow them to maintain social distance and play outside, the non-contact activities of bowls and golf are firmly back on the agenda. Before lockdown, an increasing number of young people had been taking up lawn bowls – once the domain of elderly men and women dressed in white.

You may also have the chance to pick up a bargain at an outdoor market or pop-up shop.

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Volunteers are the heart of a community. Our volunteers are a valuable resource for our fast-growing, fast-paced city.

Our city relies on our volunteers for everything from staffing special event, such as Freedom Fest and Merry Main Street, to assisting departments with daily activities, such as shelving library books, filing records or using GIS equipment.

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