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British Canoeing statement on new Covid-19 travel rules for people in England

Thursday 8 July

Following today’s government announcement on new Covid-19 travel rules for people in England, British Canoeing is seeking further clarification from DCMS in regards to international competition for non-Olympic disciplines and Junior Sprint/Slalom international teams.

The new guidance, which comes into effect from Monday 19 July, will mean that double-vaccinated people returning to England from amber-list countries will no longer need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Children under 18 will also no longer have to self-isolate.

Under the current guidelines, only British Canoeing’s senior and under 23 slalom, sprint and paracanoe teams have an elite sport exemption from DCMS to travel for international competition as the existing government guidance classes International competition as a 'leisure activity'.

We fully understand that the current guidelines have created disappointment and frustration amongst athletes, parents and coaches who have missed the opportunity to represent their country in international competitions they have been selected for.

Therefore, we look forward to receiving clarification from DCMS on the new rules as soon as possible, which we hope will align to the general advice that will permit travel to amber countries for leisure from 19 July.

British Canoeing will issue further clarification as soon as possible, following receipt of further guidance from DCMS and approval by the Board.