In the UK, holidays are immediately banned for many in the UK due to strict lockdown restrictions – and some countries have also imposed blanket visits to British people.
In both situations, the decisive factor is often whether your travel agent has canceled your booking. If so, most of the refunds will be due. If this is not the case, but you are unable to travel (e.g. due to lock restrictions) or no longer wish to travel, this is less clear-cut.
You can jump to your refund rights if your trip is canceled, or your refund rights if you can’t or don’t want to leave – or read on.
Regardless, all travelers coming to the UK from overseas or returning to the UK must be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival, and negative coronavirus test results must also be submitted. Some who come from countries that are at high risk of coronavirus also have to go through an expensive 10-day mandatory hotel quarantine.
How UK Lockdown Rules Are Restricting Travel – and When They Could Be Lifted
Restrictions in the UK mean that many are prohibited from traveling anywhere – and others are advised against it.
Under national blocking rules in England and Scotland You can only travel internationally or within the UK if you have a legitimate reason to leave home for the first time, such as when you need to travel to work or to study. If you are with us Northern IrelandPeople are told to avoid unnecessary travel – although this is more of a technical guide than a legal requirement. Under level four rules over WalesHouseholds can travel within their area (but not for vacation) and they cannot travel internationally or to other parts of the UK for vacation.
For information on restrictions in a particular area, please visit the following government websites: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Below you will find detailed information about your rights if your travel plans are affected by lock restrictions.
On February 22nd, the government gave some indications as to when vacation could resume for residents England as part of its unblocked roadmap. Here are the details:
- The vacation rental in England could reopen from April 12th – but only for individuals or household groups. This can change depending on the coronavirus data. However, this is the earliest date that the holidays can resume. Even then, you cannot initially stay in a vacation rental unless you belong to the same household group.
- Hotels in England could reopen from May 17 (and multiple households will be allowed to stay in vacation rentals). Again, this depends on the coronavirus data so the date is not set in stone.
- A review is being carried out to see when the overseas vacation can resume – but not before May 17th. A report will be released on April 12th examining how to resume the overseas holidays, despite the government’s announcement that it will be May 17th at the earliest.
Elsewhere in the UK, in Wales The Welsh First Minister said:
- The vacation rental could reopen for a household from March 27th. From the same date, local travel restrictions can also be lifted to allow travel within Wales. Evidence will be considered before it is allowed.
We’ll update this guide as we learn more about holidays in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
All travelers arriving in the UK are now required to take a Covid test and self-isolate – and some will have to face hotel quarantine
The UK closed its “travel corridors” with other countries on January 18th. This allowed travelers to travel from countries where the risk of coronavirus was classified as low to avoid self-isolation when entering the UK.
Now anyone arriving in the UK who has been outside the Common Travel Area of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or Ireland in the last 10 days – including UK and Irish citizens – must:
- Take a Covid-19 test before you leave Up to 72 hours prior to travel to the UK. You will need to provide proof of your negative test to your airline, boat or train company along with your passenger search form. If your trip is canceled, contact the supplier from whom you ordered the test to see if they will reimburse you. Some may do this if you haven’t already taken the test.
- Self-isolating for 10 days when you arrive in the UK (with a few exceptions). The government recently tightened the rules on this so that you can no longer avoid self-isolation if, for example, you are traveling on business. However, there are still a few exceptions – for example, some can reduce their self-isolation time by paying for a private Covid-19 test five days after arriving.
- Perform two coronavirus tests during self-isolation. Individuals isolating at home or in hotels (more on this below) must be given a test after two and eight days of their 10-day quarantine period (even if they take the private test mentioned above five days after their arrival). You can book these on the government website. You will be fined £ 1,000 if you fail to take the first test and an additional £ 2,000 if you fail to take the second test. In addition, your quarantine will be extended to 14 days.
- Some travelers may need to be quarantined in hotels. In addition to the above requirements, travelers coming to England or Wales from 33 countries with known coronavirus variants, as well as ALL travelers coming to Scotland, must now be quarantined for 10 days in government-owned accommodation such as hotels. (There are currently no international flights to Northern Ireland).
In England and Wales, single adult travelers arriving will be charged £ 1,750 for their stay including the cost of hotels, transfers and testing. Additional adults sharing the room pay an additional £ 650 and additional children £ 325.
For those facing significant financial difficulties as a result of this fee, there is an option to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking. This is only possible if you are already on income-related benefits and have to repay your debt to the government in 12 monthly payments.
The government has hired 16 hotels to provide 4,600 rooms for the program. You must book your stay prior to your arrival – this can be done on the government website.
Failure to quarantine at a hotel when you should will face a fixed fine of £ 5,000 – possibly up to £ 10,000 – while lying on your passenger search form claiming you haven’t been to one of the 33 Countries from which arrivals must be quarantined face up to ten years in prison.
A full list of affected countries is as follows: Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eswatini, French Guiana, Guyana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique , Namibia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Below are your vacation rights if you are concerned about being quarantined on your return to the UK.
You will also need to fill out a form to leave England
People traveling internationally from England are now also required to complete and carry a travel document declaration downloaded from the government website.
Expect to be fined £ 200 if you show up at an airport or other departure point without the form, which can be printed or saved on a mobile phone.
Travelers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not currently need to fill out the form. However, we are looking to see if there are any plans to introduce similar measures in the future.
Many countries have also banned the British
Countries around the world have banned Britons arriving from the UK after learning of a new, more infectious strain of coronavirus. Brits may also be banned from returning to the UK from certain countries, e.g. B. from passengers who come to England from South Africa.
Regardless, other countries like Australia have had a ban on travelers from the UK since the pandemic began.
In other cases, the UK Foreign Office advises against all travel to many countries that is not strictly necessary. That doesn’t stop you from doing so, but it can void your travel insurance. Before you start your journey, find out about the latest information on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and directly from the country itself. You can usually do this through the UK Embassy website.