Festive journey ideas for folks contemplating abroad journey

Individuals considering going overseas during the holiday season should do their research before booking a trip, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) has recommended.

With regional levels replacing travel and general restrictions across England between November 5th and December 2nd, the FCDO encourages people to read up on their local regulations and the possible disruptions they may face are when they go overseas. Residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should check the regulations that apply to them.

The FCDO has put out five festive travel tips that people should read before they decide to go abroad:

  1. Check the travel restrictions that apply to you. If you live in the UK, different restrictions apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  2. Read the FCDO International Travel Checklist for information on preparing to travel abroad.

  3. Check the travel advice for the destination you plan to travel to. These pages contain information about entry, screening, and quarantine requirements that may affect your travel.

  4. Sign up for travel advice email notifications to automatically receive the latest travel advice updates for the destinations you want to know about.

  5. Get travel insurance and make sure you are happy with the coverage.

Nigel Adams, Minister responsible for FCDO Travel Advice, said:

Coronavirus has fundamentally changed the way we travel. Therefore, it is more important than ever to consider the need to travel abroad and be prepared for it. Our staff will do everything possible to help British people in trouble, but travelers also have responsibilities.

Different targets can introduce new rules and restrictions as they respond to the pandemic. Hence, it is important that people plan their trip and understand that disruption is possible.

In England, people are allowed to travel abroad from December 2nd, subject to any restrictions at their destination. However, individuals in Tier 3 should avoid leaving the area except for reasons such as work, education, or caring.

Incoming international trips will continue to be governed by the travel corridor approach. Individuals must self-isolate for 14 days if arriving from or traveling through a country or area on a non-travel corridor. All arrivals must comply with UK regional restrictions.

As of December 15, 2020, passengers coming to England from countries not on the government’s list of travel corridors will be able to take a private Covid test after 5 days of self-isolation. A negative result frees them from the need for isolation.

Passengers can book a test from a provider on a GOV.UK list before arriving in England. If you would like to book a test, you must indicate this on your passenger search form before your arrival and then go straight to self-isolation at home as usual. If you log in upon arrival, you will need to resubmit your passenger search form.

The FCDO currently continues to advise against cruise ships. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on the latest medical advice. This advice is under constant review.

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