Where and when can I go on holiday?
Coronavirus scuppered many of our travel plans for 2020. But with vaccines being rolled out and the announcement of the government’s roadmap, things are looking up if you’re planning to travel later on this year.
Currently, UK holidaymakers are unable to travel abroad due to government lockdown restrictions and the indefinite suspension of travel corridors. It’s illegal to leave the UK to go on holiday, with fines for those breaking the rules.
Travel corridors were a list of destinations that UK holidaymakers could visit without having to quarantine – either upon arrival at your destination or when you get back to the UK.
If you arrive in England, Scotland or Wales from anywhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you’ll need to meet several conditions. For more details, take a look at what you need to do before you depart and upon arrival.
Roadmap to 2021 holidays
On 22 February, the government shared their four-stage roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions across England. It included news that many holidaymakers have been waiting for – dates for when we can expect the green light for taking a holiday.
In England, self-contained accommodation, such as self-catering holiday-lets, will be the first to open, with a proposed date of 12 April. Current social distancing rules will still be in place, meaning only one household, or support bubble, can share holiday accommodation.
Hotels, holiday parks, hostels and B&Bs are expected to open in the next step of the plan on 17 May.
Summer holidays could be back on the cards for holidaymakers looking to get away from what has been a difficult year. Plans to ease restrictions on international travel mean holidays abroad could be permitted from 17 May, subject to a government review due on 12 April.
Book holidays with confidence
For the best financial protection, book a package holiday, rather than flights and accommodation separately. It’s really important to check that the package holiday is ATOL-protected. You may find our tips on booking your 2021 holiday helpful.
Choosing a package holiday will also protect you against any changes in travel advice. In most cases, you’ll be offered to change your trip, or you can ask for a full refund.
Always check FCDO travel advice
Before making any travel plans, be sure to check the FCDO website as they’ll tell you about any travel warnings or entry requirements for the country you’re looking to visit.
It’s also where you’ll find the government’s ‘travel corridor’ list – a list of countries deemed safe to travel to and from without having to quarantine. In line with national lockdown restrictions, travel corridors are currently suspended.
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