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Tier 4 travel: Full legal wording now published, in force from 7am Sunday

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The Government has published the Statutory Instrument which pushed the Tier 4 regulations into UK law at 7am on Sunday.

The full legal text is here. As usual, you should ignore anything said by any Government representative yesterday and focus purely on what is written.

Tier 4 travel: Full legal wording now published

It is as I expected, because it is the same structure as used in November. There is no ban on travel per se for anyone living in Tier 4. There IS a ban on leaving your house, however, and so travelling the airport would be in breach of this unless it meets one of the exceptions.

As usual, you are allowed to travel abroad if you are planning to visit an estate agent or show home or view a residential property for sale or rent.

Unless you are planning to look at houses whilst away, you should have left your home in Tier 4 before 7am this morning.

Hotels in Tier 4 areas are allowed to remain open if they wish. Guests must be travelling for work or for one of the other reasons stated, such as moving house or to attend a medical appointment.

The regulations do not discuss travelling to/from Tier 4 areas to fly from Heathrow, Luton or London City (which are in Tier 4) but this is presumably covered in the earlier legislation to which this is an amendment. Gatwick is not in Tier 4.

Comments (223)

  • Darren Simmonds says:

    I am booked to fly on an Easyjet next weekend, I’ve spoken to Easyjet and the flight is definitely going. The only hurdle is getting to Gatwick as I live in East London. If I drive to Gatwick, will Easyjet question me where I live? and if I tell them im in a tier 4 area, will they let me board the flight, even after I did the covid PCR test and its negative? Im so desperate for a holiday I will take that risk if as long as I get to Gatwick, im allowed to board the plane.

    • Rob says:

      Easyjet don’t care. If you get to the airport without being stopped by the police you will be fine.

  • Ellis Bell says:

    If you get stopped by the police and questioned on your way to the airport. If they are not satisfied you have a reasonable excuse for leaving home. Aside from the fine, what powers (if any) do they have for making you return home?

  • Laura says:

    I am a UK resident and an Irish National. I have been staying with family in Rep. Ireland since early December and my original flight to return to England was on the 31st December via EasyJet from Belfast, but this has now changed to 10th Jan.

    The current guidance here ‘advises against’ travelling to Great Britain. The UK government website states that I do not ‘need’ to return to the UK immediately, but when it is ;practical’, provided I am legally permitted to travel.

    I have no idea how I should interpret this.

    As a UK resident am I legally permitted to return home? As I have a new flight booked this Sunday 10th from Belfast, and the flight is currently going ahead, I still don’t know whether my UK residency justifies my return home to England. (I currently work remotely).

    Of course it’s all subject to change in the next few days, as always, but just wondering if anyone could shed any light on my current situation!