Lockdown: Travel rules explained for Britons looking to holiday abroad and in the UK

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Lockdown is set to begin on Thursday which will see essential shops close along with bars, restaurants and pubs. The new lockdown is set to last until December 2, meaning that Christmas could be saved. Scotland currently has a five-level system of coronavirus restrictions which came into force on Monday.

The country’s levels go from Level 0 to Level 4, with Level 4 being the highest risk.

Those in Level 4 are effectively locked down with non-essential shops, hospitality and gyms all closed.

Wales has been in a “firebreak” lockdown since October 23 which is due to end on November 9.

After the lockdown ends, there will be no travel restrictions in Wales and two households will be able to form a bubble.

However, travel between England and Wales will not be permitted unless it is “essential”.

Northern Ireland is under its own coronavirus restrictions which included the closure of pubs, restaurants and schools.

The restrictions will end on November 13, according to NI First Minister Arlene Foster.

In the meantime, many Britons with holidays booked will have to shelve their plans for later on in the year.

For those wondering what the latest rules are for domestic and international travel, Express.co.uk has gathered together all the latest information.

Travel abroad

A blanket international travel ban will be in place from November 5 until December 2.

The government has said people in England should remain in their primary residence during the lockdown period.

The government guidelines read: “Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed.

“This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.”

Travel abroad from England is permitted for those who are exempt e.g. for work purposes.

The government says: “People cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions.”

However, you can travel abroad before November 5.

You may have to face quarantine rules on your return to the UK depending on where you’re returning from.

Travellers may also face entry restrictions when visiting a country depending on where it is they’re going.

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Britons should check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website before they travel.

Britons should also be aware that flights from abroad back to the UK are likely to be reduced.

People who are already abroad do not have to travel back to England before lockdown begins.

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.”

Britons will be able to travel abroad for holidays from December 2 when lockdown ends.

However, those regions in tier 3 will be advised not to travel abroad.

UK holidays

The government has said residents should avoid travelling in or out of their local area and reduce the number of journeys they make.

Britons should only travel to work, for education or caring responsibilities, for medical appointments, for exercise or for visiting venues “that are open”.

The government is also advising people to walk or cycle if they can and avoid busy times on public transport.

This means that holidays away from home, even in the UK, are not allowed.

Overnight stays away from your home are now allowed, even at your second home, if you have one.

People should also not be staying with people they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble.

Some accommodation will remain open including hotels and hostels.

It is likely that holiday rentals will be forced to close, but this has not been confirmed.

The government states: “Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law.”

Currently, parts of Scotland, all of Wales and Northern Ireland are in lockdown.

The borders between the devolved nations remain open but residents in the nations are being advised not to travel.

Travel corridors

The travel corridors will continue to govern whether people should quarantine on their return to the UK.

Those arriving back from a country on the travel corridor list will not need to quarantine.

However, anyone returning to the UK from a country on the quarantine list will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

This means you cannot leave your house at all unless it’s for exceptional circumstances.

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