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Can I go on holiday in the UK? The current rules on holiday homes, campsites, caravan parks, hotels, Airbnb and more


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There’s a good chance that many in the UK will be looking for ways to spend their holiday days at home rather than abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The uncertainty surrounding the future and the 14-day quarantine currently in place – meaning that anyone arriving to the UK must spend two weeks in isolation – have combined to make travelling to other countries seem a bit less appealing.

With that in mind, it’s little wonder that many people in the UK are thinking about how and when they might be able to take a trip on their home turf…

Can I go on holiday within the UK?

At the time of writing, no overnight stays outside of your household are allowed under current lockdown rules.

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Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston wrote on Twitter last month: ‘You and your household can head outdoors for your physical and mental wellbeing in England.

‘But be respectful to local people and communities. You must adopt social distancing at all times. Then return to your primary home – no overnight stays, including second homes and holiday homes.’

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The only people who can stay the night outside their own homes are those in two-household support bubbles.

People who are part of a support bubble can spend time and/or the night at each other’s homes and don’t have to follow social distancing measures – as if they are one household.

To form a support bubble, at least one household of the two must be a single-person or single-parent household (with children under 18).

However, even those in support bubbles must stay at each other’s homes – stays somewhere other than each other’s households are not currently allowed.

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Campsites and caravan parks are still closed in the UK along with a great many hotels, and it’s understood that they will be opening no sooner than July 4 – the same date as much of the rest of the hospitality sector according to the Government’s 50-page Covid-19 Recovery strategy document.

While many hotels and Airbnbs are currently taking non-essential bookings after 4 July, it’s important to note that this date may be subject to change depending on the coronavirus situation, with the move to reopen the sector depending on ‘detailed scientific evidence provided closer to the time on how far we can go.’

Even though they’re not taking bookings from the general public, hotel chains are staying open for key workers to make bookings, and Airbnb is allowing ‘only essential UK stays’.

For example, Travelodge has more than 50 of their hotels ‘currently open to support key workers including NHS staff and selected groups identified by the Government,’ while The Premier Inn has ‘selected hotels open exclusively to support critical and key workers.’

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