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Government social media campaign warns holidays abroad are ‘illegal’

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COVID-19 travel

It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes,  the Foreign and Commonwealth office has reported. UK travel and leisure businesses must prepare for a bumper UK summer holiday season until travel bans abroad are lifted.

A social media campaign has been launched by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to remind anyone living or returning to the UK that going on holiday abroad is illegal. Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. Therefore, you must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. Read more in this report to find the latest rules on travel restrictions.

The rules

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If you intend to travel to EnglandScotlandWales or Northern Ireland from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure.

“If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival,” a government statement has said.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check the advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning, the government statement warned.

Home sweet home

Airbnb’s 4.4 million hosts should prepare for a bumper spring and summer of bookings as pandemic weary holidaymakers stay close to home, The Freelance Informer previously reported. Jet setters will also divert their holiday plans to local destinations. That means luxury, remote and adventurous travel startups will instigate more competition for budding and existing Airbnb hosts as they attempt to claw back last year’s pandemic losses.

To find out what UK hosts are doing to up their game this year, read our report here.

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