Residents of areas adhered to the strictest coronavirus restrictions can still go on vacation – despite travel advisories.
From Wednesday a minute after midnight, they can fly abroad for some winter sun or hit the ski slopes when the lockdown ends.
Currently, no one in England can travel home or abroad for leisure – but that will all change when the three-tiered system takes effect.
Much of Birmingham, the Black Country and the surrounding area will be put into the strictest Tier 3 section.
While the UK government would prefer everyone living in a Tier 3 zone to stay at home, it is not illegal to travel abroad as long as social distance measures are respected and any quarantine regulations are adhered to when returning to the UK .
However, the government has been accused of sending mixed messages to vacationers with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s initial remarks that travel would not be allowed, but Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps later noted that travel was possible if vacationers “went straight to the airport.”
Official government guidelines are: “You can continue to travel to locations or other facilities that are open, but you should strive to reduce the number of trips you take where possible.”
Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Obviously, if we have different messages to the Prime Minister and Grant Shapps, they need to provide clarity.
“If level 3 people can travel, it will be fantastic. We need to get the UK economy back to normal as soon as possible, and that includes allowing people to fly.”
Thousands of children in Birmingham are headed to Christmas without a proper home this year – but there is something you can do.
Our campaign, Grant a Christmas #BrumWish, aims to buy gifts for more than 1,000 young people who are cramped together, sharing beds, in soulless rooms in B & Bs, and others who will be staying at a women’s relief center.
It’s all through an Amazon Wishlist – meaning you can personally purchase a gift that will be delivered before December 25th.
Make sure you set delivery for the # BrumWish campaign, and we make sure that the presents get to the children.
If you can’t get on Amazon, you can donate money through the Winter Wellbeing VirginMoney page – just take care of it put the word BRUM in the comments so it comes through to #BrumWish.
The UK government has now confirmed that there will be no legal restrictions on holidays abroad.
Travelers arriving in England will be quarantined for five days from mid-December, instead of fourteen days if they have a negative coronavirus test result.
One of the most popular travel destinations for British winter sun seekers is the Canary Islands and the authorities plan to welcome British holidaymakers once the lockdown is relaxed.
List of quarantine-free destinations
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Canary Islands
- The Maldives
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St. Martin and St. Barthelemy; St Pierre and Miquelon
Open, but quarantined upon return
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- North Macedonia