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Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and youth work visits and trips

Last updated: 10 Nov 2021 - see all updates
Published: 2 Sep 2020

Information for local authorities and schools.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and youth work visits and trips


This guidance is for those organising visits for school-aged children, including local authorities and their associated schools, grant-aided schools and independent schools, and youth work providers organising residential stays. It sets out the current position in relation to organised visits and trips for school-aged children (from 10 November 2021).

Since May 2021, school day visits and residential stays have been permitted subject to certain mitigations. This guidance updates the previous guidance on school visits and trips that was issued on 19 August 2021 to relax some of the previous restrictions on outdoor expeditions and residential stays.

It should be read alongside the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reducing the risks in schools.

It does not cover routine and expected off-site visits including but not limited to: movement between education establishments to support learners with additional support needs or to partake in a school-college partnership. Schools should consider the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reducing the risks in schools when making arrangements for routine and expected off-site visits. It is important to note that school trips are also subject to any relevant local authority guidance or procedures that may be in place.

All of the guidance set out below is aligned with the successful progress of school and broader societal reopening as set out within Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework.

This guidance is therefore subject to change and schools, youth work providers and visit providers should consider the conditional nature of this guidance when planning visits and trips.





First published: 2 Sep 2020 Last updated: 10 Nov 2021 -