When can you go on holiday? Key dates and rules for planning a 2021 break

For many Brits it’s been a long time since that last holiday.

The restrictions and extra rules in place during 2020 meant going away – either abroad or even just in the UK – was extremely difficult.

For those itching to enjoy a break away from home this year, Boris Johnson’s announcement confirming England’s roadmap out of the third national lockdown brings some optimism.

The cautious end to lockdown, which is being done in four stages and dependent on a series of tests including vaccination rollout and the continued fall in hospitalisations and deaths, suggests holidays will be able to restart in the spring.

When can I go on holiday?

Holidays are set to restart from April 12 at the earliest when stage two of the plan kicks in – the date could slip if the four tests are not met after stage one begins on March 8.

At first only trips to self-contained accommodation to campsites or holiday lets where there are no shared facilities with other households will be allowed, and you can only go with people in your household.

When will hotels reopen?

It’s not until stage three that you can go on holiday with people from other households, or visit a hotel or B&B in England.

The earliest date stage three will be introduced is May 17.

From stage three you can meet in a group of up to six people from two households indoors. The maximum number of people who can meet outside is 30.

It isn’t until stage four, which won’t be until June 21 at the earliest, that all limits on social restrictions will be scrapped.

Can I travel to Wales or Scotland?

At the moment these rules apply to England only.

No announcement has been made about traveling to Wales or Scotland, but the UK government is working with the Welsh and Scottish authorities.

There has also been no announcement yet about foreign holidays.

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