Can I go on holiday abroad after UK lockdown? Yes you can!
The UK Government have announced that from one minute past midnight on Wednesday 2nd December 27 days of lockdown in England comes to an end, and with it, overseas travel restrictions. Even though the new 'tier' system will be implemented, it doesn’t have to end in 'tears' if you want to get away, as holidays abroad will be permitted again after lockdown ends, no matter which tier you live in.
However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising against non-essential international travel to all but a select list of countries, which is good news for the Canary Islands which are on the ‘safe’ list.
So, can you travel abroad from 2nd December?
YES YOU CAN! The government has confirmed you can travel abroad no matter what tier you live in, saying: “The stay at home requirement will end, with domestic and international travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier.” Those in tier 3 are advised not to travel outside their area for non-essential purposes, but after much confusion the government has now confirmed that this is only guidance – and that there is no legal impediment.
If you live in tier 1 or 2 you will be allowed to travel through a tier 3 area in order to reach your final destination – eg Manchester airport, if Greater Manchester returns to tier 3. Of course your destination country may well have its own rules and restrictions, such as the requirement for a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival in Spain and the Canary Islands.
On return, the standard UK rules will apply. If travelling from a ‘risk’ area, these are expected to be eased for arrivals from 15th December, with the new ‘test and release’ system in place, meaning that if you have a negative coronavirus test five days after arrival in the UK, travellers can end self-isolation.
NO QUARANTINE APPLIES TO THE CANARY ISLANDS ON YOUR RETURN TO THE UK.
So, the sun is shining, the beers are cold, the beaches are ready… get booking, we’re waiting for you!