The Foreign Office (FCDO) is urging anyone planning to travel abroad over the festive period to ensure they are aware of any restrictions that may hinder their travel.
International travel is permitted from Wednesday (2 December) after England’s national lockdown ceased, with the country returning to tiered Covid restrictions by region.
People living under Westminster’s strictest coronavirus rules, Tier 3, are allowed to travel – but are strongly advised to avoid leaving their area over the coming weeks.
Residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are urged to make themselves aware of any additional travel rules set out by their respective devolved administrations.
The FCDO on Wednesday issued a list of five festive travel tips it wants prospective travellers to be aware of before making a final decision on whether to travel overseas.
Nigel Adams, minister responsible for FCDO travel advice, said: “Coronavirus has fundamentally changed the way we travel, meaning it’s more important than ever to consider the need for a trip abroad and to be prepared.
"Our staff will do all they can to help British people in difficulty, but travellers must take responsibility as well.
“Different destinations may introduce new rules and restrictions with little notice as they respond to the pandemic, so it’s vital that people plan their travel and understand that disruption is possible.”
The FCDO has echoed advice from the Department for Transport and transport secretary Grant Shapps that from 2 December, people are permitted to travel abroad, "subject to any restrictions in place at their destination".
Those living under Tier 3 restrictions "should avoid leaving the area other than for reasons such as work, education or caring responsibilities", although the government has confirmed this is guidance or advice rather a legal requirement.
International travel and any quarantine requirements will continue to be governed by the government’s travel corridor regime, meaning anyone arriving into England from a non-travel corridor country or territory, including any transit arrangements, will still have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.
However, from 15 December, those arriving into England from non-travel corridor countries will, after five days’ self-isolation, be able to to take a Covid test privately which, if negative, will release them from their quarantine.
The FCDO added that it continues to advise against cruise ship travel at this time, citing "the ongoing pandemic" and "latest medical advice", which it said was kept under constant review.