Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Please check back on this page regularly to make sure you have the most up to date information about our response to the pandemic, and everything you need to keep yourself and others safe and our lifesaving services running.

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Current guidance

General information about:

  • Latest government restrictions
  • Testing
  • If you feel unwell
  • Vaccinations
  • Looking after yourself
  • Foreign travel and quarantine 

Current guidance

We are continuing to follow jurisdictional guidance across all our sites. If you have any questions about a particular RNLI site, please talk to your volunteer manager.

Your regional leadership team will update you if there are any changes to jurisdictional guidance in your region. They will also be able to advise you about guidelines relating to specific sites (eg lifeboat stations, support centres, beach lifeguard units, shops, visitor centres) in their region.

For the latest operational procedures please visit Horizon or speak to your Area Lifesaving Manager.

General information

Latest government restrictions

With government guidelines and restrictions regularly changing, you can find the latest instructions for your area on the following sites:


Testing is no longer mandatory for people visiting or volunteering at any RNLI sites. 

There may be situations where it may be advisable to test – for example before visiting vulnerable people for engagement or fundraising purposes. In these situations please speak to your volunteer manager about what would be the best approach.

If you wish to continue to test for your own peace of mind, you may do so. However, as we are not requiring you to test, you will not be able to claim the cost of buying testing kits on expenses.

If you feel unwell

With the removal of legal restrictions and free testing, it’s important that we all take personal responsibility to avoid spreading infection (Covid-19 or otherwise).

If you are feeling ill or showing symptoms of an infection, please consider whether or not you ought to come to an RNLI site. If you are unwell and not able to fulfil your volunteer duties, please speak to your volunteer manager as early as possible.


Vaccination is not mandatory for RNLI volunteers. However, we strongly encourage everyone to get the vaccination or booster as soon as it is available to you, as it is the best protection against contracting or transmitting the virus.

Please respect the fact that getting the vaccine is a personal choice; be sensitive to those who choose not to get the vaccine, or who don’t want to talk about it.

Foreign travel

If you're planning to travel, please check the latest national government advice:

You will also need to check the advice at your destination as this varies from country to country. Be aware that control measures may be brought in by both your local and the destination government with very little notice.