holidays overseas to be made illegal – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave britain

Every Briton who tries to leave the country will be fined 5,000 pounds. This is among other new rules created to stop spreading Covid-19.

According to new laws, only those with a "reasonable excuse" can leave a country, meaning that holidays are off-limits. The document states:

The Regulations also impose restrictions on leaving the United Kingdom without a reasonable excuse (regulation 8)."

Those who must leave Britain have to fill in a travel declaration form. Anyone who fails to fill out these forms will be charged 200 pounds.

What Is A "reasonable Excuse" To Travel?

holidays overseas to be made illegal – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave britain
holidays overseas to be made illegal – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave britain

Many Britons are wondering what are "reasonable excuses" and who is an exception to this rule.

Any emergency or life-changing event is considered to be an exception, including:

  • For legal obligations or to vote
  • If they are moving, selling, or renting property,
  • For some childcare reasons or to be present at the birth of their child
  • To visit a dying relative or close friend
  • To attend a funeral, but not the ceremonial ground
  • Getting married
  • For medical appointments
  • To escape the risk of harm
  • Students who have to travel for their studies

The government further explains:

"You are permitted to travel abroad if you study in the UK, but you are required to travel outside the UK to satisfy one or more requirements of your course of study."

"If you study in the UK but live abroad, you are permitted to travel outside the UK to return home for the purposes of a university vacation on one occasion before 29 April 2021."

Plan Your Vacation In The UK

holidays overseas to be made illegal – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave britain
holidays overseas to be made illegal – £5,000 fines for people trying to leave britain

Government adviser Prof Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London told BBC Radio 4 that measures should be relaxed more slowly than domestic restraints.

He said:

"I think conservatively and being risk-averse at the moment. I think we should be planning on summer holidays in the UK not overseas."

Airlines UK, a big carrier representative, called for a "tiered system, based on risk" and confirmed airlines are working with the government to restart international travel safely from 17 May.

Despite the potential lift of the travel ban, it seems like the best option is to wait for potential "last minute offers."

The travel ban does not include those traveling within the area including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland - unless this is not your final destination.

The UK remains one of the countries with the most vaccinated people since over 32 million received at least one vaccine dose.