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Can we go on holiday abroad?

Here’s the deal with travelling overseas from England, now the country is in another national lockdown

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

If there’s one thing we’ve all never been more deserving of, it’s an effing break. If that looks like a self-imposed ban on reading any more depressing news, you’re in luck. But an actual getaway in the form of an international holiday? Well, here’s the deal now that England is back in lockdown.

Are holidays allowed right now? 

As of today (January 5), England has entered its third national lockdown. Everyone is being asked to stay in their homes unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ for leaving, so that means holidays are off the cards for the foreseeable. 

‘You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so,’ read the new rules. That includes second homes or anywhere like a caravan that isn’t your primary residence.  

Some hotels and Airbnbs will still be open, but only for legally permitted reasons outlined here

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What about travelling abroad? 

People living in Tier 4 areas, like London, were already banned from international travel, and that now applies to everyone living in England. The bottom line? ‘Holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed’ right now. 

According to the new Lockdown 3 rules, you can only travel internationally if you have a legally permitted reason to leave home, such as needing to travel for essential work. 

When will we be allowed to travel again? 

Ah, the big question! Right now it’s looking like the lockdown restrictions will be reviewed on February 15. In his address yesterday, PM Boris Johnson suggested the latest measures would take us to at least February half-term, but Michael Gove has also told Sky News that restrictions might not be relaxed until March. 

For now, the message is to stay home, stay safe and daydream about all the adventures we’ll have as soon as we can instead. 

Here’s the deal with travel corridors and quarantine when we are finally allowed to go abroad again. 

Oh, and don’t forget Brexit. Here are 7 things you need to know about travelling to Europe post-Brexit 

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