Lockdown travel ban: What does lockdown mean for holidays? Can I still go on holiday?

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The lockdown announcement on Saturday is devastating news for many Britons. One major concern for some people is the holidays they have planned during the coronavirus lockdown period. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide to explain what lockdown means for your holiday and other relevant travel advice for the lockdown period.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans for a four-week national lockdown which will run until December 2.

The rules are being taken in a bid to curb the rising rates of coronavirus across the country and ensure the NHS can handle the subsequent hospitalisations.

Under the new plans several non-essential businesses will be forced to close, however, schools, universities and colleges will remain open.

Mr Johnson said: “Now is the time to take action because there is no alternative.”

The PM revealed from Thursday, November 5, everyone must stay at home except for the following circumstances:

  • For education
  • For work, when you cannot work from home
  • For exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household or on your own with one person from another household
  • For medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • To shop for food and essentials
  • To provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.

What does lockdown mean for your holiday?

From November 5, all non-essential travel should be avoided.

The Government’s website reads: “Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and abroad.

“This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.

“There are specific exceptions, for example, if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes.”

This means there is no impact on international travel, however existing quarantine rules still apply.

But it does mean if you were scheduled to travel abroad for a holiday between November 5 and December 2 you are now banned from doing so.

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Do you have to return home if you are currently on holiday either abroad or in the UK?

No, you are not required to return to England before the end of your scheduled holiday.

Assuming you are returning from abroad to the UK during the lockdown, it is likely your flight will operate as normal.

However, a ban on outward international travel means airlines may cut back on services to reduce their losses.

Are all UK holidays and staycations now banned?

Yes, at least for all people in England.

The Government website reads: “Those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays.”

But holidays which have not started before November 5 cannot take place until after December 2.

Are UK holiday parks, hotels, hostels and holiday rentals still open?

No, you are not allowed to travel to a holiday park for a UK holiday during the lockdown period/

All overnight stays, apart from those within a support bubble, are now banned in the UK and abroad.

There is no exception to this rule, including those staying in a second home.

The Government guidance reads: “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.”

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