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You can legally go on holidays abroad from December 3rd, even if you are in tier 3!

By Lyndsey Thomas – 24th November 2020
Holidays after lockdown

We’ve got just over a week until lockdown ends but what does that mean for travel?

So I’ve done a little digging and here’s the answers to those all-important questions for anyone wanting to escape the everyday and hop on a plane after lockdown part II – and it’s good news for Brits who are desperate to get away!

(Please note, this all could change at any time).

 

Can I travel abroad on and after 2nd December?

The answer is Yes. From one minute past midnight on 2 December, if you live in tiers 1 and 2 you are able to go on holiday.

International travel is permitted again subject to the guidance in each tier – we are still waiting for this guidance at the time of publishing this article.

If you’re in tier 3 you are advised not to travel unless it’s essential.

This however, is only guidance, it’s not the law and you are not committing an offense by flying off to the Canaries for winter, whichever tier you end up in. The government has confirmed that there will be no legal impediment to travelling on holiday from anywhere in England – subject to outbound and inbound rules.

 

Go Grant!

This morning, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said tier 3 residents would be able to go abroad.

Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme, he said holidays would be allowed abroad – “if you’re going straight to an airport”.

And if you live in tier 1 or 2 and need to travel into a tier 3 area to reach your destination – an example being Manchester airport – then that’s allowed too.

 

Check you’re welcome before you dust off your passport!

But do take onboard the rules and restrictions of the country you are visiting.  It’s not just a simple case of jumping on a flight to a sunny destination that is on the FCO’s travel corridor list (the travel corridor list is a list of countries determined by the FCO that are deemed safe for us Brits to travel to, meaning you don’t have to quarantine on when you return). You MUST check what is required to enter at the other end. For example, a negative PCR test is required, taken within 72 hours of arrival – if you’re hell-bent on jetting off to fly-and-flop in The Canaries this Christmas.

On return, the standard UK rules on quarantine will apply to those destinations that are NOT on the FCO’s travel corridor list.

 

Please release me, let me go…

The good news is that length of quarantine time is expected to be eased for arrivals from 15 December thanks to the introduction of a  new ‘test and release’ programme. According to GOV.UK, this will give passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation. If you get a negative result you are set free from isolation.

An up-to-date list of UK ‘travel corridors’ can be found here.

Remember that, as in the case of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France and Turkey, the British government may choose to reimpose restrictions at a few hours’ notice, meaning you could still have to quarantine when you get home. And restrictions can have implications on travel insurance.

 

Winter sun hotspots that are on the ‘safe list’ and what you need to know…

Greece (but only the islands of Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos)

Brits will only be able to visit Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Zakynthos and Kos without having to self-isolate on their return. All visitors to Greece, including British travellers, are now subject to random testing at ports and airports. If chosen, you will then have to move directly on to your accommodation, where you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in the event of a positive result. You must also fill out this ‘passenger locator’ form before you leave, and provide a negative test result from within the past 72 hours on arrival. Most flights have been cancelled due to England’s nationwide lockdown.

 

The Canary Islands – Spain

As of October 25, the Canary Islands have been back on the UK’s ‘travel-corridor’ list. From November 14, you will need to provide a negative test result on arrival when checking into accommodation. Several airlines are already running direct flights.

 

The Maldives

As of October 25, the Maldives is now on the UK’s ‘travel-corridor’ list. All international visitors must present a negative test result from within 96 hours of arrival. British Airways is already running direct flights. If you are on a connecting flight via another country you MUST check their restrictions.

If you’re thinking about The Maldives – here’s a couple of must-read articles:

BUCKET LIST: The Maldives’ resort that’s best for you, whatever your holiday style

 

TRAVEL: Our Indian Ocean special – Sri Lanka & The Maldives for families

 

Dubai

Dubai is now welcoming British travellers without any major restrictions. All visitors are required to fill out a ‘health declaration’ form and provide valid health insurance on arrival. You will also have to present a negative PCR test result from within the past 96 hours, or take a test at the airport. Several airlines are already running direct flights.

 

St Lucia

Brits arriving on the Caribbean island must provide a negative test result from within the past week. There will be further temperature checks at the airport, and you must spend your entire stay at an ‘authorised’ hotel. BA is running direct flights from London.

 

Turks and Caicos Islands

As of November 14, the British overseas territory will be added to the UK’s ‘travel-corridor’ list. You will have to provide a negative test result from within the past five days on arrival, along with valid health insurance and a completed ‘travel authorisation’ form. There are no direct flights.

 

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

 

So, there you have it, I’ll meet you in The Maldives! 😎👌

 

Lyndsey x

Lyndsey Thomas
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