Current as of Monday 22 February 2021
Rules around travel are subject to change as governments get to grips with the pandemic, but it is possible to travel in very limited circumstances – none of which are for a holiday. Here, we've answered your most pressing questions.
Can I travel to and from from the UK?
Most international travel is not currently permitted, but current guidance suggests that international holidays could resume from 17 May, subject to review. Because of the emergence of new variants of Covid this could well change.
The guidelines for what constitutes legal travel (both domestic and international) can be found on the UK Government website. Travel corridors no longer exist, so anyone entering the UK must have shown proof of a negative Covid-19 test, taken in the 72 hours before their journey to the UK.
Anyone entering the UK will need to fill out the government's passenger locator form online before they re-enter the country. They will then need to quarantine for 10 days, and take two self-funded tests (run by NHS Test and Trace) on the second and eighth day of their isolation. Those isolating at home can opt for a test on the fifth day of isolation – if this is negative, they do not need to quarantine any longer.
Travellers arriving to the UK from a government officiated 'Red List' of countries must self-isolate in an approved 'quarantine hotel', at their expense. More information can be found via the UK Government's website.
Can I travel within the UK?
England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are in a national lockdown, and you are legally obliged to stay at home and not travel.
But the government has outlined a 'Covid roadmap' with specific dates highlighted for the easing of restrictions over the coming months. There is a five-week gap between each of the dates, and they are all subject to review. The dates and details most relevant to travel are as follows:
Most pubs and restaurants will open outdoor areas from 12 April, but still with very limited mixing. This date could also see the reopening of holiday lets with no shared facilities, but only for one household.
Most outdoor mixing rules could be lifted from 17 May, and indoor mixing rules could be relaxed so that two households could meet.
B&Bs, pubs and restaurants could reopen in line with these rules.
Foreign travel could hypothetically happen on this date, but pending review closer to the time.
All legal limits could be removed by 21 June – allowing nightclubs and similar venues to reopen – but no earlier.
Should I book a holiday this summer?
The government is being understandably cautious about giving concrete affirmation as to when travel will be allowed. But with Covid rates dropping and an aim to have every adult in the UK vaccinated by July, late summer holidays and beyond are looking more hopeful (though far from certain).
But this guidance means that now is a great time to start thinking about foreign travel again, and even to start booking your dream trips (making sure that you pay attention to sensible policies around cancellation and refunds). In fact, we've compiled a list of all the reasons it's still safe to book flights and holidays with easyJet, so you can do just that with peace of mind.
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