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Brits in UK are banned from holidays home and abroad during new lockdown 

The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that Brits will NOT be able to travel abroad for a holiday during the country’s new lockdown from November 4th to December 2th.

The updated position following the
announcement by the Prime Minister has now been published by the Foreign Office
following some confusion as to whether a travel ban was advice or an outright
ban. It states:

“You should avoid all non-essential
travel by private or public transport. Essential travel includes, but is not
limited to essential shopping, travelling to work where your workplace is open
or you cannot work from home, travelling to education and for caring
responsibilities, hospital GP and other medical appointments or visits where
you have had an accident or are concerned about your health.”

“If you need to travel we encourage you
to reduce the number of journeys you make, walk or cycle where possible, or to
plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow
you to practise social distancing while you travel.”

“Overnight stays and holidays away from
primary residences will not be allowed- including holidays in the UK and
abroad. This includes staying in a second home, if you own one, or staying with
anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with. There are specific
exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a
second home) for work purposes.”

“You must not travel if you are
experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of
coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody
with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS
Test and Trace.”

“If you need to use public transport, you
should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing
face masks and advice on car sharing.”

“Developments in the coronavirus pandemic
remain uncertain around the world. No travel is risk-free. If you do need to
travel abroad before December 2nd (and are legally permitted to do so, for
example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve
visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination, the
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice and the
current travel corridor list.”

Mark Tanzer, Chief
Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said the
 announcement that holidays in the UK and abroad will not
be allowed under lockdown in England “will mean a complete shut down for
travel businesses which have already been severely damaged by the pandemic, but
public health must come first. “

We’re pleased to see the Government has recognised the
significant impact the latest lockdown will have on businesses and has extended
the furlough scheme until the start of December,” he added. “The
Government must also make good progress with The Global Travel Taskforce,
ensuring a testing regime is ready to go as soon as lockdown is lifted.

“We will be seeking
further clarification from Government on the full implications of these latest
measures for the travel industry, as well as assessing the support measures
available for the sector.

“Anyone due to travel
imminently on a package holiday should speak to their travel company to discuss
their options.”