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Can I go on holiday in the UK?

Posted on March 25, 2021 by Jack Morris
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We’re all hopeful of getting away sooner rather than later, and a staycation within the UK looks to be a popular way to holiday this year.

With that in mind, we’re here to help and have put together what you need to know about going away in the UK below.

When can I go?

Not at the moment, unfortunately. The government’s ‘stay at home’ directive is in place until at least 29 March.

The current plan is for holidays within England to be allowed from 12 April, at the earliest. This is subject to the objectives for controlling the coronavirus being met.

Graphic showing dates of COVID government roadmap for England

Who can I go with?

For the first step, beginning 12 April at the earliest, you should be able to travel within your household/bubble in self-contained accommodation.

The plan is to then open hotels and B&Bs on 17 May. This could also allow six people or two households (whichever is fewer) to go on holiday together in the UK.

On 21 June, at the earliest, social distancing restrictions are planned to be reduced to a minimum.

Where can I go?

So far, the governments in England, Scotland, and Wales have revealed their plans for allowing domestic holidays once things start opening up.

Northern Ireland are yet to release details of their guidelines for holidays.

England

Holidays within households/bubbles were allowed to resume from 12 April, as long as they’re in self-contained accommodation. This includes things like holiday cottages, second homes, and caravans.

Hotels and B&Bs, along with other places that have communal areas, are set to re-open on 17 May.

Scotland

From 26 April, hotels and other tourist accommodation are set to reopen to allow staycations within mainland Scotland. There will still be restrictions in place, such as social distancing and face coverings in public areas.

Wales

Holidays within Wales in self-contained accommodation have been allowed since 27 March, for people in the same household/support bubble.

Can I book?

Most holiday providers are open for business, with many offering flexible bookings, in the hope of boosting travellers’ confidence. It’s important to always check the terms and conditions, though. You may find our tips for booking a trip in 2021 helpful.

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Jack Morris

by Jack Morris

Jack Morris is Staysure’s Junior Content Executive. He shares the latest travel news to keep you informed for your next holiday. Jack’s an avid fan of football, design, and continental Europe.