Lockdown will ground flights and all but essential journeys banned – latest travel rules

Many flights will be grounded and holidays cancelled following the latest lockdown announcements from UK

Many flights will be grounded and holidays cancelled following the latest lockdown announcements from UK governments.

All the home nations have been plunged into more tough restrictions with Covid infections surging and these curbs could be in place for some time.

Overnights stays away from home are banned in most cases and the Government has issued a strict new set of guidelines amid the latest lockdown rules. If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

The UK Government has issued the following advice: “You can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.

“If you do need to travel overseas – and are legally permitted to do so, because it is for work – even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.

“UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.

“Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations. You should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. This means you must not go on holiday.

“If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.”

Travel expert Paul Charles, of The PC Agency, tweeted: “Travel companies and airlines now need to focus on taking bookings in the coming weeks, traditionally the busiest booking period of the year, so that crucial revenues come in well before people actually travel. But many flights in Jan/Feb will now be cancelled.”

Trade organisation Abta called for Government help to get through the crisis. A spokesperson said: “It’s right, of course, that the Government takes steps to control the spread of the virus. But this needs to come with the right measures to support travel businesses which have little or no means of operating.

“For 10 months now, many travel businesses have been unable to generate income – putting jobs and businesses at risk – and the latest Government measures mean this is unlikely to change soon.

“Yet, unlike other sectors such as hospitality, there hasn’t been any tailored financial support from the UK Government to get travel businesses through the crisis.

“Other countries, including France and Italy, have established targeted schemes in recognition of the unique challenges facing travel. Similar recognition and support is long overdue from Westminster, and we urge Ministers to address this gap urgently.”