With the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, came confusion over travel. Here UK Coronavirus Travel answers your questions:
Can I still travel upto the 5th November?
Yes, you are able to travel freely until 00:01 on the 5th November. A number of airlines have confirmed that they will be operating a normal scheduled up until this date and that travel will not be affected.
You should bear in mind however that you may still be subject to current quarantine restrictions abroad or at home on your return. These restrictions are subject to your destinations ‘safe corridor list’ status, which may be subject to change after the new UK lockdown restrictions come in to place on 5th November.
Will I still be able to go on holiday?
No. The Government has confirmed “there is no exemption for staying away from home on holiday – this includes staying in a second home”. They also state that “Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.“
This essentially means that overnight stays, except for those within a “support bubble” are banned from 5th November until 2nd December.
What should I do if I am already on holiday abroad?
There is no obligation for anyone currently on an international holiday to travel back to England before the lockdown restrictions begin, however this is subject to your airline or booking agent, who may decide to alter your plans, with the likelihood of a reduced air service after the 5th November. “For those planning to travel into England, you should check the current travel corridor list to see whether you need to isolate for 14 days. You will still be required to abide by the restrictions set out here even if you do not need to isolate.”
For anyone holidaying in England, the Government have confirmed “Those currently on a domestic holiday will be allowed to finish their holidays, but are still subject to requirements in England to not go out without a reasonable excuse.”
If I can’t go away on holiday then will I get a full refund?
Due to a largely reduced airline programme, it is likely that if you are planned to be travelling during the new lockdown restrictions, your flight will not be departing and so your holiday is likely to be cancelled. This will be down to individual airlines and operators but if your flight/holiday is cancelled you will be entitled to a full-refund or your operator may offer you alternative dates or a voucher to be used at a later date. If your flight is not cancelled and still goes ahead then you will not be entitled to a refund but most operators will offer vouchers or date changes.
Are UK Airports required to close?
No, UK airports are not required to close, however with most airlines reducing their capacity, most airports are likely to reduce their operation by closing terminals, car parks and other facilities including departure lounge retail.
Wil hotels and rentals remain open?
Some accomodation facilities will chose to remain open as business travel may continue. However you should not stay in these facilities unless you are travelling for such purposes. Many may chose to close & take advantage of business grants and furlough funding for their staff so choice may be limited.
If you have any questions not answered here please leave a comment below and we will endeavour to answer as many as possible.