UK plans to fine Brits almost $7,000 for vacationing abroad this summer

Mar 23, 2021

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International vacations for Brits appear to be on hold until at least July. And, the government is threatening to hit anyone who tries to bypass those rules with a huge fine $6,800 (£5,000).

The draft laws, which were published on Monday March 22, will face a vote on Thursday March 25, according to the Telegraph. If approved, anyone looking to leave the U.K. before June 30 must have a “reasonable excuse” to do so — and holidaying isn’t considered a reasonable excuse. Anyone who travels to a port with the intention to travel internationally for a non-essential reason could be faced with that major fine.

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The law, if passed, would be in place until June 30.

However, that date is nothing more than legislative convenience. As Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled in his roadmap out of lockdown, the earliest date that international travel could resume was set to be May 17. And that date still remains a possibility.

Related: What does the roadmap out of lockdown mean for travel?

When the Global Travel Taskforce announces its findings on a return to travel by April 12 at the earliest, we will have a clearer picture if that May 17 date will hold.

If the Global Travel Taskforce does find that international travel can resume on May 17 — or at any other point before June 30 — then it will be allowed to do so.

Monday’s draft law does not have any bearing on whether or not international travel can return on May 17. If Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the other members of the Global Travel Taskforce determine international travel can return, it will be permitted.

While the date for the return to international travel is still largely up in the air, there are new fears of a third wave of the pandemic rising around Europe, which could derail travel plans.

“We are seeing this third wave rise in some parts of Europe, and new variants, and it is very important we protect the progress we have made,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sky News. “It shows what an international challenge this is, and what we have to do is all work as much as we can together, but it also shows why we are being cautious on international travel.”

One of Johnson’s ministers said England may put “all our European neighbours” on the list of travel ban countries.

However, Hancock confirmed on BBC Radio 4 that there were no plans to do so.

Currently, the travel ban list is made up of 35 countries that are considered especially high risk for the likelihood of importing new variants of the virus. As such, the government has banned all travel to England from these red list countries with the exception of British or Irish nationals, or those with residency rights in England.

Those who are still permitted to travel to England from travel ban countries are required to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel. The hotel quarantine costs $2,400 (£1,750) for a solo traveler and includes meals, security, transportation to and from the hotel and the accommodation itself.

Earlier this month, the government announced that all travelers looking to leave the country must have completed a travel declaration, stating that they’re traveling for essential reasons. Travelers who show up at a port without a copy of their declaration could face a $275 (£200) fine.

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