Lockdown 2 travel rules: Where can I travel to? Can I go abroad?

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Boris Johnson said Christmas may be “very different”, but he hoped taking action now would mean families can still spend time together. The Prime Minister told a Downing Street conference he was “truly sorry” for the impact lockdown would have on businesses, but assured the furlough scheme would be extended for another month to provide financial assistance. But now, holidaymakers and families have been left wondering whether or not they can still go on holiday.

Where can I travel to?

The Government advice says people should avoid travelling in and out of their local area.

In addition, people should be looking to reduce the number of journey and trips they make.

In cities and wherever possible, workers are advised to look for alternative routes to work, such as by cycling or walking.

However, people should not stop travelling for the following reasons:

  • Going to work where this cannot be done from home
  • Travelling to school, college, university and for caring responsibilities
  • Attending GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • Visiting venues that are open, including essential retail
  • Exercise, even if you need to make a short journey to do so

Can I go abroad?

As it stands, no. The rules strongly advise against travelling anywhere abroad.

The official Government guidance states: “Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed.

“This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.”

People with second homes also cannot stay in the second home, or stay with anyone who does who they’re not in a support bubble with.

There are specific exceptions, however, to having to stay in a second home.

This includes for work purposes, but also means people can’t travel abroad or within the UK unless for work, education or other legally sound reasons.

Evidently, you must not travel if you’re experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self isolating or are sharing a household or support bubbles with somebody experiencing symptoms.

If you need to use public transport, to get to work for example, you should make sure you comply to social distancing rules and a wear a mask at all times, unless you are exempt.

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What if I’m trying to come back to England?

The Government website states: “British nationals currently abroad do not need to return home immediately.

“However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.”

People looking to come into England should check the current travel corridor list to see whether they need to isolate for 14 days.

The list of countries with a travel corridor agreement with the UK can be found here.

However, even if you don’t need to isolate, travellers will need to abide by the restrictions in place.

If it’s the case you do need to travel abroad from England before December 2, make sure you are legally permitted to do so, for example, for work reasons.

Even if you’re returning to a place you’ve visited before, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises travellers to check the rules in place at your destination.

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