Now that the governments of countries within the UK have announced their roadmaps out of the COVID-19 lockdown, the dates when international travel, camping and day trips will hopefully resume have been outlined.
The “stay local” rules have been lifted in Wales so residents are now allowed to stay at self-contained holiday accommodation within the country with others from their own household or support bubble. While unrestricted travel is permitted within Welsh borders, those from outside Wales cannot cross the border for a vacation. Outdoor attractions and hospitality venues may get the green light on April 22 but this has not yet been confirmed.
Scotland’s almost nationwide “stay at home” order will be lifted on April 2, and domestic tourism will be permitted from April 26. At that point, shops,
museums, galleries, hotels and B&Bs will be permitted to re-open. Pubs and restaurants that are able to serve food and drink outdoors will also re-open on that date, according to the country’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Mainland travel restrictions lifted on April 26 will allow free travel, with restrictions on traveling to other parts of the UK and Ireland expected to be lifted at the same time or soon afterwards. Those hoping to travel abroad will need to wait a little longer as international travel will not resume until after May 17.
For England, the ‘stay at home’ order was lifted from March 29. Travel outside the local area is also be permitted, although day trips will still be discouraged. The latter are expected to be permitted under Stage Two of the roadmap, and self-contained vacation accommodation, such as holiday lets and campsites, could re-open from April 12. Like Scotland, UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, has indicated that international travel may resume from May 17, with a travel taskforce setting out plans for this potential resumption on April 12.
For those favoring staycations, the government is also looking to May 17 as the date that English travelers may be permitted to stay in hotels, hostels and B&Bs. Cinemas and museums are also expected to reopen on that date, although social distancing measures are likely to remain in place.
Northern Ireland currently discourages all but essential travel. The stay-at-home message is expected to be relaxed on April 12, but Northern Ireland’s road map, which specifies when aspects of travel can resume, is based on the latest health data and does not contain specific dates.
The countries have warned these indicative dates are not fixed and are dependent on the rates of infection in the countries and progress of the vaccine roll-out. Up-to-date information can be found on the British Government’s website here, the Scottish Government’s website here, the Welsh Government’s website here, and the Northern Irish Government’s website here.