Holidays: Britons flee UK for last-minute breaks & month abroad as national lockdown looms

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Britons are reportedly fleeing England before the country is plunged into a month-long lockdown which will see international travel banned unless it is essential. Travel agents have seen a surge in bookings as people take advantage of the government’s rules which suggest that Britons who are already abroad don’t need to return home before lockdown starts. The government guidance states: “Those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to the requirements in England not to go out without a reasonable excuse.”

Heathrow Airport also saw keen holidaymakers flock to the London hub looking to book flights out of the country.

Britons should be aware that if they plan to return during lockdown could see their plans disrupted as it’s likely there will be fewer flights operating.

Travellers will only have to quarantine on their return if they are coming from a country not on the country’s travel corridor list.

CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency, Paul Charles has been providing travel advice over the last few months regarding the UK’s quarantine list.

Over the weekend, Mr Charles tweeted that he was surprised at how many people were asking him where they could fly and stay at for an entire month to avoid UK lockdown.

He said: “I’m staggered at the number of people asking me where they can fly to before Wednesday evening and stay for a month so as to avoid lockdown. Mind you, who can blame them?”

His post was inundated with comments from keen travellers who shared their plans.

One user said: “In Madeira now, it’s brilliant. Very tempted not to come back.”

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Another replied: “Doubt so many people will be worried about the two-week quarantine now.”

Another posted a photo of a white beach and said: “In Antigua for 10 days, would be very happy to stay here for the duration of the insane lockdown!”

“I would, if I could go somewhere warm enough I’d go and stay the month,” said another user.

One person recommended the Canary Islands, saying: “Lanzarote is fantastic at this time of year. A month in #Lanzarote where there are just 70 cases makes sense.”

However, many users were concerned that the UK’s national lockdown could last longer than one month.

One person added: “Big assumption there that it’s limited to a month…”

Some countries are offering remote workers the chance to escape the UK with remote visa programs.

Antigua and Barbuda are rolling out a residency program that allows people to work from there for up to two years.

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also announced a new remote working program which allows remote workers and their families to stay in the city.

The stunning island of Aruba is also offering a “One Happy Workation” program which allows people to live and work there for up to 90 days.

The program offers users package deals and discounted rates at certain hotels and rental homes too.

Barbados also launched a year-long visa program allowing people to live and work on the island.

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