The government has urged those living under England’s toughest Covid restrictions not to leave their area when the country emerges from national lockdown at midnight on Tuesday (2 December), but international travel will – nonetheless – be permitted, regardless of which tier people find themselves in.
At the weekend, the government published its full post-lockdown guidance for the Christmas period, in which it strengthened its advice against travel – particularly for those who will be living under Tier 3 Covid restrictions from Wednesday (3 December).
However, international travel is not explicitly banned or outlawed. The new guidance reads: "From 2 December, you may travel abroad, including to visit friends and family, subject to any restrictions in place at your destination.
"However, those in Tier 3 should avoid leaving their tier, including for international travel, other than for work, education or caring responsibilities. Before travelling you should check relevant travel advice."
It comes after transport secretary Grant Shapps’ admission, last week, that those living in Tier 3 areas will still be able to travel, so long as they proceed directly to their departure airport.
In a statement provided to TTG, the Department for Transport said: "International travel is permitted, though we are strongly advising against this if you live within a Tier 3 area, unless for work or education.
"Anyone planning to travel abroad should carefully check the situation in their destination country and what restrictions they will be subject to, as well as Foreign Office travel advice and the current travel corridor list."