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UK Government to ban international travel and domestic hotel stays ‘except for work’

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Whilst not mentioned in Boris Johnson’s televised press conference this evening, major media outlets have been briefed that the formal legislation to be presented to Parliament this week will include a ban on international travel.

No further details are known. Is this really a ban or just ‘advice’?

UK Government bans international travel

There will apparently be an exception ‘for work’ but there is no mention of how this will be policed. Clearly a family trying to board an aircraft will have more explaining to do that a solo traveller wearing a suit. It is also unclear if anyone currently visiting the UK for personal reasons will be allowed to leave.

There will also be a ban on UK hotel stays for personal reasons although work stays will be allowed. This could be troublesome for anyone who is not allowed to leave the UK but is also not allowed to stay in a hotel ….

The ban is likely to start on Thursday. The other measures announced today will run to at least Wednesday 2nd December, but this is only a guideline.

The restrictions will be removed on a regional basis after this date. This will lead to further complications as, post 2nd December, your legal right to leave the country for personal reasons will depend on your address.

We will know more later in the week when the legislation is published.

Comments (469)

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  • Bill says:

    It’s safer to go abroad !

    • Cat says:

      Not for anyone you encounter.

      • Char Char says:

        Yes because your going to have the virus for life and have to go around worrying for years about a spread which would last a week anyway and most people have already likely been exposed

        • Simon Barlow says:

          A couple of unhelpful, unsubstantiated points there.

          • Alan says:

            1] We do not know how long immunity lasts after infection.
            2] We do not have an accurate level of COVID exposure in the community.

          • Char Char says:

            Same for the use of lockdowns, masks and transmission theories

  • Andrew says:

    Get those Marriott £400 stays in by Tuesday night! Although I wonder if Wednesday night will be ok still – certainly no breakfast the next day unless it’s in a bag or room service.

  • KBuffett says:

    I don’t think I will be able to make use of £400 AmeX/Marriott. Shame

    • meta says:

      It’s valid till 19 Dec, so 17 days after current measures end. It might be that they also extend the offer again following the news. I have just rebooked my stay.

  • BlueThroughCrimp says:

    UK hotel stays or English residents hotel stays in the UK?

  • Andreas says:

    Hardcore. Taking half a leaf out of Australia’s book maybe.

    • Chris Wollen says:

      I think this is the point- as Quite a lot Of Australia guidelines seem to be coming in vogue. It is a hugely difficult call but there is no overall framework the govt are attaching anything too; lots of limbs and blood supplies being nipped off – Palliative care? Or nursing care..

  • Bill Carson says:

    Not sure it’s taking a leaf out of Australia’s book, the reports don’t seem to indicate any ban on incoming travel, just outgoing which is what I believe Australia were also doing. The policing thing will be interesting certainly, I have a flight on Friday (for work) so I can see how it’s working. This assumes that the airline will run the flight at all if suddenly no holiday makers can turn up. Also don’t want to be working phonelines for the airlines right now…

    • Alex Sm says:

      No restrictions on incoming travel and even the corridors will stay put! No provision of this new lockdown is stricter than of that in spring

  • marcw says:

    RIP Virgin

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Rob what’s are you doing with your virgin miles?

    • James says:

      And how many times have you said this now?

    • Simon Barlow says:

      Agree. I swithced my remaining 300k to Hilton Honours last week, having bought a few cases of wine during the summer. I really can’t see them surviving unless the refinancing in the summer built future travel bans into the plan. Even if they did, there’s still no end in sight so viability risks remain.

  • Bill says:

    Thank God he’s doing such a great job with Brexit cos CV19 must be occupying all his time now.

    ….Oh wait….

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