Holidays: Simon Calder gives 2021 travel advice
Holidays haven’t been the same for about 10 months now and people in the UK are itching for some sunshine. However, the UK is under national lockdown and the rules state that everyone must ‘stay at home’ unless they must leave for an essential reason or exercise. On January 6, a terrifying 62,322 people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK and the virus doesn’t seem to be slowing down… and yet, plenty of Brits are abroad in luxurious locations such as Dubai and the Maldives. Express.co.uk reveals where you can fly to from the UK right now, and if you can go on holiday in lockdown.
Travel within the UK is limited throughout the lockdown, let alone international travel.
You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse such as work, education, medical assistance, or shopping for the essentials.
It is advised that you stay local, which means you shouldn’t travel “outside of your village, town or part of a city where you live”.
Journeys within this area should be made when essential and limited as much as possible.
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You can only stay overnight away from your home for specific reasons such as visiting your support bubble, if you need accommodation while moving house or working, or are attending a funeral.
You should not stay overnight at your second home if you have one, you must remain at your primary residence unless you have an approved reason why you can’t.
There isn’t much temptation to break this rule considering only essential businesses remain open.
However, if you were to go abroad to a country with fewer coronavirus cases their rules are likely not to be as strict… but can you go on holiday right now?
Can I go on holiday in lockdown?
No, holidays are not allowed for UK citizens during the lockdown.
Non-essential travel is not permitted, but people who are already abroad don’t need to rush home to the UK and can finish their holidays.
The advice reads: “UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately.
“However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.”
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Under what circumstances can I go abroad?
The Government advice states: “You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.
“In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.”
If you need to travel overseas for an essential reason, such as for a funeral abroad, to study, or to work, you can do so.
Equally if you are visiting the UK, you may return home but you should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.
The rules state that even if you are returning to a place you have visited before, you must check the rules in place at your destination as well as the FCO travel advice.
Where can we fly to from the UK?
Not many countries have their borders open for UK citizens, but some do for essential reasons.
You must check the country’s Government advice to find out if your reasons for travelling are acceptable.
The following countries are allowing UK citizens in for essential reasons and some flights are still running:
You don’t need an essential reason to enter the following countries and regions- but you still need an essential reason to travel out of the UK so would be breaking the rules.
It will be very difficult to find a flight still going ahead to these countries, but it is possible
You will also need to quarantine on return to the UK.
You will need to fit the very strict entry requirements and may need to get approval from the Government before travelling:
- Abu Dhabi
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cape Verde
- Code D’Ivoire
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- The Gambia
- The Maldives
- San Marino
- St Helena
- Sierra Leone
- Turks and Caicos Islands
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